Thein Sein


Thein Sein was born in Ngapudaw Township on April 20th 1945. He is currently the President of Myanmar and the political leader of Naypyidaw Union Territory. Sein graduated from Defence Services Academy. His current occupation is politician. He now lives in Ne Pyi Daw.

He is a Burmese politician and former military commander who has been President of Burma (Myanmar) since March 2011. He was the Prime Minister from 2007 until 2011 and considered by some as a moderate and reformist in the post-junta government.  His new government undertook a series of political reforms including some deregulation of the country’s censored media, releasing many political prisoners and halting the country’s controversial large Chinese-led hydro-power project. The striking developments that followed included Myanmar’s appointment to chair ASEAN in 2014, improved relations with the US, the reinstatement of major opposition party National League for Democracy (NLD) in the by-election held on April 1, 2012.

Thein Sein was born in Kyonku, British Burma (now Myanmar), a small Irrawaddy delta village near Hainggyi Island in what is now Ngapudaw Township to parents Maung Phyo (father) and Khin Nyunt (mother).  He was the youngest of three children. His parents were landless farmers, and his father made a living carrying cargo at the river jetty and weaving bamboo mats.  Thein Sein’s father Maung Phyo became a Buddhist monk 10 years after his wife’s death, and spent his remaining years as a monk.


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