A pair of generals a ruthless battlefield commander and
a reform-minded intelligence chief are in the running to lead Burma's junta
One likely candidate, SPDC Secretary 3 Lt-Gen Win Myint, who is now temporarily serving in Tin Oo’s place as army chief of staff
Interestingly, those familiar with Burma say that while Gen. Maung Aye is a veteran of many a battle against the communist guerillas and ethnic insurgents, Lt. Gen. Khin Nyunt has never been a fighting man.
Tin Oo was considered an ally of Maung Aye. They said the choice of a successor could indicate whether hardliners or reformists had the upper hand in the government
"It's all just wishful thinking on their part," junta number-three Lieutenant-General Khin Nyunt said in an interview with the Myanmar Times weekly
Gen. Maung Aye, slated to become the next chairman of the ruling military council, appeared to be satisfied with the power-sharing arrangements made by Gen. Khin Nyunt
"Maung Aye has recently been to India, Laos, China and other places saying, 'I'm in charge'.
Maung Aye, 60, is reported to have said repeatedly that he will not accept any office in which he is merely a "figurehead" like Gen Than Shwe