Aung Thu (minister)

Aung Thu (Burmese: အောင်သူ [àʊɴ θù]; born 8 July 1955) is a Burmese politician who was Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation of Myanmar (Burma) from 2018 to 2021.

Aung Thu
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Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation
In office
30 March 2016 – 1 February 2021
PresidentHtin Kyaw
Win Myint
DeputyTun Win
Preceded byMyint Hlaing (Agriculture and Irrigation)
Ohn Myint (Livestock and Fisheries)
Amyotha Hluttaw MP
In office
1 February 2016 – 30 March 2016
ConstituencyYangon Region № 6
Rector of Yangon University
In office
Succeeded byPhoe Kaung
Rector of Taungoo University
In office
Personal details
Born (1955-07-08) July 8, 1955 (age 66)
Yesagyo, Burma (Myanmar)
Political partyNational League for Democracy
Spouse(s)Khin Thida
ChildrenThiri Thinza Aung
Alma materYangon University

Early life and educationEdit

Aung Thu was born on 8 July 1955 to Ba Thaung, a goldsmith, and Khin Lay, in Yesagyo, Burma (now Myanmar).[1] He holds a doctorate degree in mathematics.[1] Aung Thu is married to Khin Thida, and has one daughter, Thiri Thinza Aung.[1]


On 22 March 2016, Aung Thu was nominated as Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation in President Htin Kyaw's Cabinet. On 24 March, the Assembly of the Union confirmed his nomination.[2][3][4] On 1 February, during the 2021 Myanmar coup d'état, Aung Thu was placed under house arrest by the Myanmar Armed Forces.[5]

He previously served as Amyotha Hluttaw MP for Yangon Region № 6 constituency.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b c "ပြည်ထောင်စုဝန်ကြီးများ၏ကိုယ်ရေးအကျဉ်းမျာ". 7Day News Journal (in Burmese). Retrieved 2020-04-25.
  2. ^ The Myanmar Times. "Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to join government as NLD reveals cabinet".
  3. ^ Ei Ei Toe Lwin. "With all eyes on Daw Suu, NLD set to reveal cabinet".
  4. ^ "Myanmar president to include Aung San Suu Kyi in his Cabinet".[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Recent Arrest List" (PDF). Assistance Association for Political Prisoners. 4 February 2021.
  6. ^ "ပြည်ထောင်စုဝန်ကြီးသစ်များ၏ ကိုယ်ရေးအကျဉ်းများ". 7Day News (in Burmese). 22 March 2016. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  7. ^ "Meet Burma's Next Cabinet". The Irrawaddy.