Myanmar minister’s remarks test government’s ties with military — Said, “We are not a true democracy.” — “There are no civil-military relations in the democratic era, and the military must be under a civilian government.”

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Powerful military wants action taken against civilian minister who said Myanmar not true democracy

A Myanmar minister’s comments have put the civilian government in the crosshairs of the powerful military, in what could be a test of their carefully cultivated ties so far.

Yangon Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein, billed by some as a rising star, said last week that Myanmar was not a full-fledged democracy, given the elevated status of its military and commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing. “There are no civil-military relations in the democratic era, and the military must be under a civilian government,” he said, adding that the commander-in-chief’s position was equivalent to that of a director-general.

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Phyo Min Thein

The military, which functions independently of the government led by the National League for Democracy (NLD), controls the Defence, Home Affairs and…

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