Thursday, February 3, 2011

Thein Sein and Sai Mauk Kham elected as vice presidents

Thursday, 03 February 2011 17:55 Mizzima News

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Thein Sein and Sai Mauk Kham, two lawmakers of the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), were elected as vice presidents on Thursday.

A man listens to the radio sitting on the side of a road in the capital Naypyidaw on February 1, 2011. Burma's junta prime minister is likely to become the country's president, officials said on February 1, amid a secretive selection process in the military-dominated parliament. The likely appointment of Thein Sein, a trusted ally of Senior General Than Shwe, will do little to ease criticism that the regime held a controversial November election simply to hide military power behind civilian rule. AFP PHOTO/Soe Than WIN
In the presidential election conducted by the People’s Parliament (Lower House) in Naypyidaw, the current Prime Minister Thein Sein defeated Saw Thein Aung from the Phalon-Sawaw Democratic Party, by 276 to 38 votes.

In the National Parliament (Upper House), Sai Mauk Kham defeated Dr. Aye Maung from the Rakhine National Development Party, by 140 to 27 votes.

On Friday, the President of Burma will be elected from the three newly elected vice presidents, Thein Sein and Sai Mauk Kham, and a vice president elected from the military-appointed members of Parliament.

Some sources in Naypyidaw said that the parliamentary representatives of the military elected Thiha Thura Tin Aung Myint Oo as vice president. But, the junta’s media have not issued information about the presidential elections.

In accordance with the 2008 Constitution, there will be a president and two vice presidents in Burma.

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