Junta lifts age limit for Min Aung Hlaing position
Exports From US Plunged 60% After Coup; Military Delegation To Visit Russia.
Local media outlet Irrawaddy reports that the age limit of 65 years for the posts of commander-in-chief and deputy commander-in-chief have been lifted, paving the way for incumbent military chief Min Aung Hlaing to remain in his position. His term was expected to end in July when he will turn 65. The report says the change was implemented by the Defense Department Council just days after the military coup on Feb. 1.
Meanwhile, Myanmar sent a military delegation on a visit to Moscow on Thursday, led by Air Force chief Maung Maung Kyaw, The Moscow Times reports, citing a Myanmar Embassy representative.
Maung Maung Kyaw is the target of Western sanctions over his involvement in the Feb. 1 coup.
Moreover, two diplomats at Myanmar's Embassy in Tokyo were dismissed by the junta after they joined a boycott in opposition to the military takeover, Kyodo reports, citing diplomatic sources.
If confirmed, this would mark the latest reprisal by the junta against members of the diplomatic corps who have voiced support for ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Myanmar's ambassadors to the United Nations and to the U.K. have already run afoul of the junta.
Myanmar's junta-controlled foreign ministry revoked the two diplomats' passports and access to the embassy compound where they had been living until early March, Kyodo reports.