Vice President resigns


First Vice President Tin Aung Myint Oo has resigned citing ill health as the reason.

Tin Aung Myint Oo was elected to the post last year by the military bloc in the parliament and is considered to be a hardliner who has been unhappy with the reforms being pushed through by President Thein Sein.

A replacement must be elected by parliament by 10th July. Likely replacements being mentioned in various press reports are Shwe Mann, the Speaker of the lower House of Representatives and Tin Aye, the Chairman of the Election Commission. The former is considered a reformer and the latter; a retired general is considered a moderate.

The position of first vice president is considered important because in the event of ill health they would replace the president. President Thein Sein is thought to be suffering from heart disease.

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