Yangon (AsiaNews/Agencies) - Several hardliners from
the old military regime could leave Burma's top leadership in an imminent
reshuffle. This includes one of the two vice presidents, Tin Aung Myint Oo, who
has resigned for health reasons. He had already indicated his intention to quit
and had disappeared from the public eye in May. A well known hardliner closely
linked to former junta chief General Than Shwe, he had opposed the
pro-democracy reform process undertaken by current President Thein Sein, which
is backed by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Both Sein and Suu Kyi are viewed
by many as the main promoters of Burma's changes.
Three senior ministers are expected to be replaced
soon by more moderate figures in the new line-up, government official sources
said. "Those who are about to be reshuffled are known as hardliners," AFP
The speaker for both houses of parliament announced
the resignation of vice president Tin Aung Myint Oo. His successor will be
chosen by the military appointees in parliament, 25 per cent of the total according
to the constitution, before 10 July, to be later "approved" by both houses.
Changes in government leadership come at a crucial
time for Myanmar. Led by reformist President Thein Sein, many new laws in the
field of economics, trade union and press freedom have been introduced in the
past year. Political prisoners have also been released. In many of these
changes, Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy (NLD) played a
The Nobel Prize laureate and 40 members of her party
have been elected to parliament in free and fair by-elections held on 1 April
Aung San Suu Kyi did not attend the recent opening of
parliament. She is currently recuperating after an exhausting two-week European
tour. Before taking her seat in Naypyidaw, she plans to visit her riding to
meet her supporters.
She will be in the capital next Monday to boost her
party's presence and push for greater transparency in parliament.