Thursday, February 17, 2011

Tin Aye nominated as chairman of Election Commission

Thursday, 17 February 2011 17:02 Ko Wild

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – President Thein Sein on Thursday nominated retired Lieutenant General Tin Aye, who resigned as a USDP member of the Burmese Parliament on Wednesday, to be chairman of the Union Election Commission (UEC).

As chairman of the UEC, he will play a key role in the next election.

The nomination must be approved by a joint session of both houses of Parliament.

The retired general was a member of the State Peace and Development Council, the junta’s body of ruling generals, and a former chairman of Myanmar Economic Holdings Ltd., the conglomerate of the regime that owns vast business holdings.

He recently played a pivotal role in procuring military hardware from North Korea, which came under wide scrutiny by the international community.

A former military ordnance chief, he won a Parliament seat in the Tadaoo Township constituency in Mandalay Division.

He resigned from his military post in early April 2010 to play a key role in the United Solidarity and Development Party (USDP).

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