Myanmar’s army sparked public criticism on Saturday after it nominated a retired general still blacklisted by the United States to be vice president of the country’s first civilian government in decades.
Hardliner Myint Swe, 64, is seen as a close ally of former junta leader Than Shwe and comes from a military establishment that reduced the Southeast Asian country into poverty under decades of isolationist rule.
A parliament dominated by Aung Sang Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy is days away from confirming a president after sweeping to power in November elections, but the still-strong army has the right to nominate a candidate.
Though the NLD’s nominee Htin Kyaw is all but guaranteed to clinch the top post, the army’s Myint Swe would still become one of two vice presidents.
Social media sites and comment boards were flooded with criticism after his nomination was announced, with many expressing regret over the military’s continuing political influence.
“Even though we hoped to see a civilian government, we have to accept a thief anyway,” wrote Facebook commentator Aung Kyaw Oo. Read More