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    The Burmese junta's ruthless second-in- command has played an often Machiavellian role in his work with the intelligence service. He is renowned as a hard drinker. Like his superior, Maung Aye is chronically sick: he has suffered from prostate cancer since 2003. Where he differs from Than Shwe is in his dealings with the opposition - he would be more inclined to negotiate with Suu Kyi. The vice-chairman of the SPDC is not, however, a liberal voice. Maung Aye has a poor human rights record in his dealings with Burmese ethnic groups. There are also rumours about his connections with illegal drugs in Burma's Golden Triangle during the late 1970s and 80s. Despite his age, 69, and poor health, he is unlikely to pass up the chance to succeed Than Shwe.

    The 3rd in command is no angel.

    -6.5, -7.59. I want to know who the men in the shadows are... ~Jackson Browne

    by DrWolfy on Fri Sep 28, 2007 at 11:43:05 AM PDT

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    •  Junta is Junta (6+ / 0-)

      No Angels Allowed.

      But from the practical viewpoint, the Army has been running the country and it's probably best to make a political transition that includes Maung Aye.

      Reports suggest he is already protecting Suu Kyi, so that would indicate his willingness to compromise.

      A realist guided by an altruist is not a totally bad team.

      "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results" - Albert Einstein

      by koNko on Fri Sep 28, 2007 at 02:12:48 PM PDT

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