Transfer of military-controlled home ministry's arm called a milestone but some say it's cosmetic
A powerful government body in Myanmar changed hands as last year drew to a close. The General Administration Department (GAD), an arm of the military-controlled Ministry of Home Affairs, was transferred to the civilian-controlled Ministry of the Office of the Union Government.
Officials have tried to portray the transfer as a milestone in longer-term efforts to reform Myanmar's unwieldy two-headed government controlled by military and civilian forces.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 14, 2019, with the headline 'Whiff of scepticism as Myanmar transfers key dept to civilian control'. Print Edition | Subscribe
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