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Myanmar Crisis

Myanmar's army-backed party to replace chief with general's ally

Khin Yi to take reins at USDP after predecessor steps aside for health reasons

Khin Yi speaks at a USDP news conference in Yangon in November 2020. He claimed that there was significant fraud in the election held that year.

BANGKOK -- Myanmar's military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party has decided to replace its leader with a loyalist to commander in chief Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, a source close to the party said Thursday.

At a Sept. 12 meeting of USDP executives, party chair Than Htay announced that he would hand over control to vice chair Khin Yi, citing medical treatment.

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