04 Feb '11, 7am

Myanmar picks junta insider as president

YANGON: Myanmar named a key retired general as president on Friday, an official said, as the military hierarchy retained its stranglehold on power in the country's new political system. Thein Sein, who shed his army uniform to contest controversial elections last year, "was elected as the president with a majority vote," a Myanmar official told AFP on condition of anonymity. He had been tipped for the post before the vote, supporting fears that the junta has engineered the political process to hide military power behind a civilian facade.

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