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Myanmar commander in chief says military to continue political role in democratic transition

Myanmar's commander in chief says the military will continue to play a political role as it supports the country's transition to democracy.

Speaking to thousands of troops at the annual Armed Forces Day celebration, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing said Wednesday that the military must strengthen its capabilities with modern weaponry and training. He also said the country would like to deepen military engagement with other countries, particularly within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and will abide by international human rights conventions.

Opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi sat in the front row at Wednesday's event. Despite objections from some in her party, Suu Kyi has reached out to the military, which was known for its brutality during its half-century of absolute rule.