Myanmar picks junta's PM as new president

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 4, 2011 10:02

 
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YANGON, Myanmar  — Myanmar's outgoing prime minister, Thein Sein, was appointed president in a move that ensures that the country's first post-election government will have a leader well versed in the ways of the old military rulers.

The new parliament named 65-year-old Thein Sein president on Friday, after selecting him from a pool of three vice presidents chosen a day earlier.

An upper house lawmaker, Khin Shwe, contacted inside the parliament said Thein Sein won 408 out of 659 votes.

The selection of a new government is the latest step in Myanmar's so-called transition to democracy, which critics call a sham designed to cement military rule.

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