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Myanmar general defends military's political role
Myanmar army chief defends constitutional guarantee of military's political role
By The Associated Press

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) ' Myanmar's army commander is defending the military's active role in government and says he will protect the nation's pro-military constitution.

Gen. Min Aung Hlaing says soldiers are serving "the interest of the country" by participating in parliament, where the military is allotted 25 percent of seats.

Min Aung Hlaing spoke Tuesday to more than 10,000 troops during an event to mark Armed Forces Day, which commemorates the date in 1945 when the army rose up against Japanese occupiers during World War II.

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has said the allocation of parliamentary seats to unelected representatives of the military is undemocratic. She has said some sections of the constitution should be amended.

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