General Ne Win, Chairman of the Revolutionary Council of Burma, is reported to be gravely ill following a heart attack.
General Ne Win, Chairman of the Revolutionary Council of Burma, is reported to be gravely ill following a heart attack. Reports from Bangkok said yesterday (Friday, 30 October) that an aircraft was standing by in rangoon to fly the General out for treatment abroad. General Ne Win is 59.
General Ne Win first came to power in Burma in 1958 when he took over the administration of the country at the head of a military junta. When he held elections eighteen months later, U Nu, the former Prime Minister was once again returned to power. But in 1961 Ne Win again took over in another coup and U Nu was arrested.
In 1962 General Ne Win formed the Revolutionary Council of the Union of Burma with himself as its chairman. His regime in Burma has meant increasing socialisation and nationalisation. Almost all of the country's commercial institutions have been taken over - import and export industries, the rice industries and the banks in 1963, the wholesale supply industries in 1964.
General Ne Win's rule in Burma has also seen the country's frontier problems flare up repeatedly - with China in the north and with India and Pakistan in the West, Mainly because of rebellions by minority peoples in Nagaland and the Chin Hills.
Movements within Burma have been critical of the longevity of Ne Win's interim regime and have called for a constitution and elections. But in May of this year he said that the time was not yet ripe for national government. At the same time, U Nu, who was released several years ago, called for the overthrow of Ne Win's regime and a return to democratic government.