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Changing Places ( Maung Aye )

Week of October 3, 1997

Changing Places
Two generals from the ruling State Law and Order Restoration Council - 
Lt.-Gen. Tin U and armed forces chief Gen. Maung Aye - moved their homes into 
the Yangon neighborhood of former junta strongman Gen. Ne Win, who is in 
Singapore for a medical checkup after visiting Indonesia. They live off 
heavily guarded Maylekha Road, across the Inya Lake from the U.S. ambassador's 
residence. Dissident Aung San Suu Kyi's house is on the southern shore. Tin 
U's move can be explained by last April's parcel bomb at his prior address 
which killed his eldest daughter. But Maung Aye is believed to have settled 
into Ne Win's compound itself. It is interesting because he is seen to be 
jousting with SLORC First Secretary Khin Nyunt. Seeking closer ties to Ne Win 
may have more to do with real politik than real estate.