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Myanmar Military-Linked Party Names Junta Chief’s Ally as Leader

  • Khin Yi becomes USDP chairman after predecessor resigns
  • Leaders could expect key positions in next government term
Khin Yi

Khin Yi

Photographer: Sai Aung Main/AFP/Getty Images

A Myanmar military-linked party has named a close ally of junta chief Min Aung Hlaing as its leader, a sign the country is gearing up for national elections next year.

The Union Solidarity and Development Party’s executive members elected Khin Yi as the new chairman to replace Than Htay who resigned due to his health. The party had also failed to win the 2020 general elections that saw Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy take the majority.