- In the political system established by the Constitution of 1974, one of the two major executive organs of the national government, the second being the Council of Ministers. Composed of the prime minister and 14 members chosen by the Pyithu Hluttaw from among its members and another 14 chosen from state- and division-level People's Assemblies, its role was to "direct, supervise and coordinate" the operations of central and regional/local government organs. Chairman of the State Council was ex officio president of the Socialist Republic of the Union of Burma and head of state: Ne Win from 1974 to 1981, San Yu from 1981 to 1988, Sein Lwin July-August 1988, and Dr. Maung Maung August-September 1988.
Historical Dictionary of Burma (Myanmar). Donald M. Seekins . 2014.
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