Updated on May 2, 2019
The Union of Burma gained Independence on January 4, 1948.
- Sao Shwe Thaik (1948 – 1952) served as the first President.
- He was succeeded by Dr. Ba U (1952 – 57). He wrote a book called “My Burma”.
- Mahn Win Maung (1957- 62) succeeded Dr. Ba U. On March 2, 1962, a Coup d’etat was staged by the 17-man Revolutionary Council. Mahn Win Maung was imprisoned.
- Sama Duwa Sinwa Naung (Kachin leader), who had been designated to succeed Mahn Win Maung, was unfortunate.
It would take more than a decade before the military leaders decide to shed their uniform and serve as “Civilian” President.
U Ne Win (1974 – 1981) served as President before he handed over to his deputy U San Yu (1981 – 1988).
The BSPP Party Convention in 1988 caused disruption and led to the dark days.
There were two “short term” presidents in 1988.
- Dr. Maung Maung (1988 – 1988)
- U Sein Lwin (1988 – 1988)
The 8-8-88 movement was crushed by the military, who instituted SLORC.
It would take some more time before there would be a President.
U Thein Sein (2011 – 2016) served as the first President of the Post-8888 Era.
In the subsequent election, NLD won the majority.
- U Htin Kyaw (2016 – 2018) retired after two years.
- U Win Myint (2018 – ) is the current President.