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Myanmar military leader moves to new capital

Myanmar's military leader Senior General Than Shwe arrived in the country's new administrative capital "Pyinmana Naypyidaw".

india Updated: Feb 17, 2006 18:15 IST
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Myanmar's military leader Senior General Than Shwe arrived in the country's new administrative capital on Friday, signalling the completion of a surprise relocation of power from Yangon, sources said.

The notoriously secretive State Peace and Development Council abruptly announced in November it was moving the government to Pyinmana, 320 kilometers north of Yangon, and set a deadline for the end of February.

"The senior general and his entourage left here by special flight for Pyinmana early on Friday morning and arrived there to receive the key to his recently completed official mansion at the military site," a source close to Than Shwe's family told the agency.

"All the 34 ministries as well as the war office are now present and accounted for at the new site, with most of the staff in place," a second source, a private contractor, told the agency on condition of anonymity.

Some buildings in the civilian zone under his responsibility were not yet finished, the contractor added.

The new administrative capital will be known as "Pyinmana Naypyidaw".

The announcement of the relocation was without ceremony and caught both government staff and the international community by surprise.

Speculation about the reason for the relocation ranges from the junta's fear of a US invasion to astrological predictions and worries over possible urban unrest in Yangon.