Burma’s top general uses Armed Forces Day to remind the country of the military’s key role in politics ahead of next Friday’s NLD takeover.
Burma’s President-elect Htin Kyaw told parliament on Monday the decision to reorganise the country’s administrative structure was to save money which could be used on other sectors.
While parliament’s vote for a civilian president is greeted with optimism, the appointment of a junta-era figure to first vice-president concerns many.
Min Aung Hlaing congratulated incoming president Htin Kyaw and pledged cooperation, after he was elected as the country’s ninth president.
The military questioned the NLD’s presidential picks, as tensions simmered between the two sides before parliament votes on who should get the top job.
Love them or loathe them, the Burmese the military has run Burma for more than 50 years, far longer than most regimes last.