National security chief appointed

President Htin Kyaw has appointed retired diplomat Thaung Tun as national security adviser, according to his office. 

The role involves advising the president and government on domestic and foreign strategic threats. The adviser shall have the same rank of a minister. The government office shall arrange the rights and entitlements of the role, the statement said.

Zaw Htay, deputy director general of the President's Office, said he had not been given official permission to the appointment of the adviser

Ye Myo Hein, executive director from the Tagaung Institute of Political Studies, said: Our country’s domestic and foreign security situation is very complicated. The government needa great deal of advice and technical assistance to take security measures. The appointment of a national security adviser should be carried out. The formation of an advisory team is better than the appointment of an individual adviser.

The National Defence and Security Council has said it will meet to discuss defence and security matters. The council is just like separate organisationThe government needs advice to deal with day-to-day security matters,” he added. 

Khun Myint Tun, chair of the Pa-O National Liberation Organisation, said: “Security is such a broad term with the country facing numerous challenges, in many different aspects of security."