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Myanmar army commander pledges to support successful holding of 2015 elections

  • Myanmar's Commander-in-chief Senior Gen.  Min Aung Hlaing speaks during a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of Armed Forces Day in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Friday, March 27, 2015. Myanmar's powerful army commander has pledged to work to support successful elections in November and warned that the army will not tolerate instability or armed threats. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

    Myanmar's Commander-in-chief Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing speaks during a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of Armed Forces Day in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Friday, March 27, 2015. Myanmar's powerful army commander has pledged to work to support successful elections in November and warned that the army will not tolerate instability or armed threats. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)  (The Associated Press)

  • Myanmar military soldiers salute from vehicles as they leave the venue during a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary Armed Forces Day, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Friday, March 27, 2015. Myanmar's powerful military commander pledged Friday to work to support successful elections in November, calling it "an important landmark for democracy implementation," and warned that the army will not tolerate instability or armed threats. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

    Myanmar military soldiers salute from vehicles as they leave the venue during a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary Armed Forces Day, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Friday, March 27, 2015. Myanmar's powerful military commander pledged Friday to work to support successful elections in November, calling it "an important landmark for democracy implementation," and warned that the army will not tolerate instability or armed threats. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)  (The Associated Press)

  • Myanmar female military soldiers march as they leave the venue during a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary Armed Forces Day, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Friday, March 27, 2015. Myanmar's powerful military commander pledged Friday to work to support successful elections in November, calling it "an important landmark for democracy implementation," and warned that the army will not tolerate instability or armed threats. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

    Myanmar female military soldiers march as they leave the venue during a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary Armed Forces Day, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Friday, March 27, 2015. Myanmar's powerful military commander pledged Friday to work to support successful elections in November, calling it "an important landmark for democracy implementation," and warned that the army will not tolerate instability or armed threats. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)  (The Associated Press)

Myanmar's powerful army commander has pledged to work to support successful elections in November and warned that the army will not tolerate instability or armed threats.

Commander-in-chief of defense forces Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing was speaking to more than 10,000 troops at an event marking 70th anniversary Armed Forces Day, which commemorates the day the army rose up against Japanese occupiers during World War II.

The army chief said in his address that the elections to be held in early November represents an important landmark toward implementing democracy and said he will not tolerate any disturbance to stability or any armed threats before them.

Myanmar has been ruled by the military the last five decades, and Armed Forces day is observed on a grand scale every year.