- (RC)Following the coup d'état of March 2, 1962, General Ne Win set up the Revolutionary Council as a martial law body, exercising supreme executive and legislative authority in place of institutions established by the Constitution of 1947, which had been abrogated. Originally composed of 17 officers of brigadier or colonel rank (apart from the chairman, Ne Win, who was a general), it was reorganized in 1971 (following the first congress of the Burma Socialist Programme Party) as a 15-member body, including four civilians. Several of the original RC members, including Brigadier Aung Gyi, were Ne Win's comrades in the Fourth Burma Rifles. The Revolutionary Council exercised executive power through a regional-local hierarchy of Security and Administration Committees (SACs). Following implementation of the Constitution of 1974, it was abolished.
Historical Dictionary of Burma (Myanmar). Donald M. Seekins . 2014.
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