Home affairs minister Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe to resign

The military-appointed home affairs minister, Lt-Gen Kyaw Swe, will resign from government and return to the army pending approval from the president, government spokesperson Zaw Htay said Friday.

“The president has been informed of his resignation,” Zaw Htay said at a press conference in Naypyitaw. “He will proceed according to the constitution.”

The home affairs ministry is one of three whose ministers are nominated by the commander-in-chief, rather than the President. The other two ministries are border affairs and defense.

Zaw Htay declined to say who would replace Kyaw Swe. “You will know when it is announced,” he said.

Naypyitaw sources believe one possible replacement is Lt-Gen Soe Htut, who is chief of Military Security Affairs.

Kyaw Swe was sworn in as home affairs minister in March 2016 when the NLD-led government came to power. He was often seen alongside State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi during her domestic trips.

Born in 1959, Kyaw Swe was a graduate of the Defense Services Academy’s 22nd intake and later became the principal of the academy.

He was also the commander of the Southwest Military Command, based in Pathein, and served as the chief of Military Security Affairs before being briefly appointed as the minister of border affairs from August 2015.

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