Myanmar names naval chief as new vice-president
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) - Myanmar's parliament on Wednesday appointed the country's politically moderate naval chief as one of the nation's two vice-presidents, ending weeks of speculation over who would fill the post.
Vice-Admiral Nyan Tun, 58, replaces Mr Tin Aung Myint Oo, whose resignation for health reasons was officially announced last month.
Mr Tin Aung Myint Oo was considered a hard-liner, and there has been speculation he had disagreed with the reformist agenda of President Thein Sein, who has instituted sweeping political and economic change since taking power from the country's former military junta last year.
Vice-Admiral Nyan Tun was nominated by military lawmakers, who make up 25 per cent of the legislature and have the right to name one of the country's two vice-presidents.