Myanmar picks junta's PM as new president

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.