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Myanmar junta figure to chair election body

A top member of Myanmar`s junta has been appointed head of the country`s new Election Commission, a day after unexpectedly resigning his seat in parliament.

Updated: Feb 17, 2011, 21:59 PM IST

Yangon: A top member of Myanmar`s junta has
been appointed head of the country`s new Election Commission,
a day after unexpectedly resigning his seat in parliament.

Tin Aye was the sixth-ranking member of Myanmar`s junta
until he retired his military post to make a successful run
for the lower house in November elections.

He gave no reason for resigning his parliamentary seat
yesterday, just three weeks after being sworn in. But the
reason became clear today when the house speaker announced he
would head the seven-member Union Election Commission, said
lawmaker Khin Shwe.

Since widely criticised elections in November, the
parliament has appointed the junta`s allies to top positions
in the government and related agencies.

PTI