The Myanmar Army has abruptly removed the head of its Western Region Command in Rakhine State amid an escalating crisis triggered by the mass exodus of Muslim Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh.
In an apparent reflection of anger at higher levels of command over intelligence failures, Major General Maung Soe was ordered on 10 November to relinquish his position, and was subsequently transferred to army headquarters in Naypyidaw in a “reserve” capacity.
He was replaced by Brigadier General Soe Tint Naing, who had been chief of the army’s Supply and Transport Directorate.
One of 14 regional military commands, the Western Region headquarters is based in Ann, in central Rakhine State, and is responsible for the Rakhine and Chin states bordering Bangladesh and India.
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