Burmese President Thein Sein
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Burma's ex-PM Thein Sein named new president

Burma's parliament has named former general and outgoing prime minister Thein Sein as the country's first civilian president after nearly 50 years of military rule.

The election - Burma's first in 20 years - was widely condemned as a sham.

Thein Sein is an ally of top general Than Shwe. His vice-presidents will be Tin Aung Myint Oo and Sai Mauk Kham. All three are members of the military-backed USDP party

The BBC's Rachel Harvey reports.

  • 04 Feb 2011
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