Myanmars parliament has appointed the countrys naval chief as one of the nations two vice presidents. Upper house speaker Khin Aung Myint announced Vice Admiral Nyan Tuns appointment during a legislative session in the capital Naypyitaw.
The 58-year-old Nyan Tun is seen as a political moderate. He has been Myanmars naval commander since 2008. His predecessor Tin Aung Myint was considered a hard-liner, and there has been speculation that he had disagreed with President Thein Seins reformist agenda.
Tin Aung Myints resignation, officially for health reasons, was announced last month. Nyan Tun was selected by military lawmakers, who make up 25 per cent of the legislature and have the have the right to name one of the countrys two vice presidents.