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Thein Sein

(tān sān), 1945–, Burmese general and political leader. A graduate of the Defense Services Academy, he commanded an infantry battalion and later served under strongman Than ShweThan Shwe
, 1933–, Burmese soldier and military dictator of Myanmar. He joined the army in 1953, attended training school, and became a commissioned officer. In 1963 he was named an instructor in the ideological training school operated by the Burmese Socialist Program
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 when he was military commander-in-chief. Thein Sein later headed Yangon's military, and in 1996 was appointed head of a regional command. In 1997 he joined the military junta; he was named first secretary of the State Peace and Development Council in 2004. Thein Sein became prime minister in 2007, when he also was promoted to full general. He resigned from the military in 2010 in order to run for office under the new constitution and formed the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development party (USDP), becoming USDP chairman. The USDP won by a landslide in an election widely regarded as a sham, and Thein Sein was elected president in 2011. As president (2011–16), he oversaw a gradual move to increased democracy, leading to the end of international sanctions and the win in parliamentary elections (2015) of Aung San Suu KyiAung San Suu Kyi
, 1945–, Burmese political leader, B.A. Oxford, 1969, Ph.D. Univ. of London, 1985. The daughter of assassinated (1947) nationalist general U Aung San, who is regarded as the founder of modern Myanmar, she lived outside the country after 1960.
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's National League for Democracy. A military loyalist throughout his career, he remained relatively untainted by charges of corruption.
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A day after riots shook the area, President Thein Sein arrived in the town of Thandwe as part of his first visit to Rakhine state since a wave of religious violence erupted there last year.
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Expressing appreciation to South Korea for its support, Myanmar President U Thein Sein told Hyun after the meeting that the outcome of it would contribute to Myanmar's reform process.
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Washington, Rajab 10, 1434, May 20, 2013, SPA -- US President Barack Obama was to discuss Myanmar's reform efforts with Myanmar President Thein Sein on Monday in the first visit by a leader of the Asian nation to Washington in decades, news agencies reported.
Thein Sein has implemented a raft of reforms since becoming civilian president in 2011, freeing hundreds of political prisoners, easing censorship and allowing Aung San Suu Kyi and her party enter parliament.
With photos) BRUSSELS, March 5 (KUNA) -- Myanmar President U Thein Sein Tuesday received pledges from EU leaders on closer cooperation and economic support for his country.
Therefore, the UN must take stern steps to compel Myanmar's President Thein Sein to take the necessary action.
Summary: The US President met with President Thein Sein and Aung San Suu Kyi.
We are on the right track to democracy," President Thein Sein said in an interview with The Washington Post published yesterday, his first with Western media.
Thein Sein, secretary of Myanmar's ruling State Peace and Development Council, called for greater cooperation and coordination among the ASEAN member nations to deal with public health emergencies.
8 billion after talks between Myanmar President Thein Sein and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Naypyidaw, Myanmar's capital on November 14, 2014.