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Burma: ex-general nominated as new vice president

July 11, 2012
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NAY PYI TAW, Burma – A retired general, widely seen as a hardliner, has been nominated to be vice president, a military official said Tuesday (June 10th).

Speaking to reporters in the capital, Brigadier General Wai Lin said that Myint Swe, 61, was selected by the military representatives who make up a quarter of the country's legislature. If the nomination goes through, he will replace Tin Aung Myint Oo, who retired due to ill health.

According to the BBC, Burma observers do not expect him to alter the reformist course Burma has taken under the current president, Thein Sein.

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