Nehginpao Kipgen, PhD, is a political scientist and author of 'Democracy Movement in Myanmar: Problems and Challenges'.
As per the 1959 Defence Services Act, which was amended in 2014, the retirement age of Myanmar's military chief and his deputy is set at 65. Previously, military leaders could serve for as long as the Tatmadaw needed them.
On May 31, the Myanmar government announced it will establish an independent commission of inquiry to investigate human rights violations and related issues following attacks by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, a Muslim militia, on Myanmar security posts in August last year.
When foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) met in Manila last weekend, the timing seemed just right to tackle the simmering tension on the Korean peninsula. Pyongyang's ongoing nuclear tests even prompted the UN to issue sanctions against the country.