Myanmar names naval chief as new vice president

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Posted: Aug 15, 2012 1:08 AM
Myanmar names naval chief as new vice president

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's parliament on Wednesday appointed the country's politically moderate naval chief as one of the nation's two vice presidents, ending weeks of speculation over who would fill the post.

Vice Admiral Nyan Tun, 58, replaces Tin Aung Myint Oo, whose resignation for health reasons was officially announced last month.

Tin Aung Myint Oo was considered a hard-liner, and there has been speculation he had disagreed with the reformist agenda of President Thein Sein, who has instituted sweeping political and economic change since taking power from the country's former military junta last year.

Nyan Tun was nominated by military lawmakers, who make up 25 percent of the legislature and have the right to name one of the country's two vice presidents.

National Assembly speaker Khin Aung Myint announced the appointment during a legislative session in the capital, Naypyitaw, and Nyan Tun was sworn in shortly afterward.

Nyan Tun has been Myanmar's naval commander since 2008. He served briefly with military intelligence in the 1980s and has since held various positions within the navy.

Myanmar has two vice presidents who have equal power under the constitution. The other, Sai Mauk Hkam, comes from the large Shan ethnic minority.