Myanmar military leader takes new title of prime minister in caretaker government - state media

Commander-in-Chief of Myanmar's armed forces, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, delivers a speech at the IX Moscow conference on international security in Moscow, Russia, June 23, 2021. Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

BANGKOK, Aug 1 (Reuters) - Myanmar's military ruler Min Aung Hlaing has taken on a new title as prime minister of a newly formed caretaker government, state media reported on Sunday, six months after the army seized power from a civilian government.

Min Aung Hlaing has chaired the military-backed State Administration Council (SAC) that has run Myanmar since it was formed just after the Feb. 1 coup, and the caretaker government will replace it.

“In order to perform the country’s duties fast, easily and effectively , the state administration council has been reformed as caretaker government of Myanmar,” a newsreader on state Myawaddy television said.

Writing by Kay Johnson

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