Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Admiral Nyan Tun to be nominated vice president: source

Tuesday, 31 July 2012 15:48 Mizzima News

Rangoon (Mizzima) – The latest guess as to who will be nominated for vice president of Burma is Admiral Nyan Tun, the commander-in-chief of the navy.

A source in Naypyitaw has said that the National Defence and Security Council has agreed to nominate Admiral Nyan Tun, who is a graduate of the 16th Intake of Defense Services Academy. The information cannot be confirmed by separate sources.

Former Vice President Tin Aung Myint Oo resigned for health reasons. Burma has two vice presidents.

Earlier, word had gotten around that military representatives had nominated Rangoon Region Chief Minister Myint Swe, a retired general, as vice president, but the Union Assembly never acted on that news and the reason is still unclear.

The approval of the National Defence and Security Council is required for a candidate to be nominated as vice president. The Parliament is dominated by military representatives, who are nominated to serve in Parliament by the commander-in-chief of the Defence Services.

The Constitution says the president and two vice presidents must not “he himself, one of the parents, the spouse, one of the legitimate children or their spouses not owe allegiance to a foreign power, not be subject of a foreign power or citizen of a foreign country. They shall not be persons entitled to enjoy the rights and privileges of a subject of a foreign government or citizen of a foreign country.”

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