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President changes his chief justice nominee


Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Deputy attorney general Tun Tun Oo, who was nominated as chief justice of the Burmese Supreme Court, has been replaced by President Thein Sein.

The new Burmese Parliament building in Naypyidaw. In a confusing switch, Tun Tun Oo’s nomination was replaced by another nominee with the same name, Tun Tun Oo, who is currently serving as a deputy chief justice.

The switch came on the seventh day of the new Parliament’s business, which has been largely consumed with nominations and appointments to fill various ministries and legal bodies to form the new government.

President Thein Sein on Tuesday nominated the first Tun Tun Oo, who is serving as a deputy attorney general. But on Wednesday, the day the nomination was scheduled to be approved by a joint session of Parliament, the name of the second Tun Tun Oo, the deputy chief justice, was instead put forward.

Brief biographies:
Tun Tun Oo (current deputy attorney general)
Date of birth: October 19, 1957.
Education qualification: B.A. (Law), LL.B, M.A
Nationality and Religion: Burmese, Buddhist
Place of birth: Myaungmya, Irrawaddy Division
Spouse: Tin Tin Win
Tun Tun Oo (current deputy chief justice)
Date of birth: July 28, 1956.
Education qualification: B.A. (Law), LL.B (graduated in 1979)
Military posts: Second Lieutenant in 1980-81, captain at Southwest military command in 1981-89, major in military advocate general office, 1990-94; named deputy chief justice of Supreme Court in 2007.
Spouse: Aye Aye Thein
The deputy chief justice’s nomination could be approved on Thursday, making him chief justice of the Supreme Court.

The first Tun Tun Oo, 57, will likely be nominated to become the attorney general, said a member of Parliament.

Lawmakers first noticed the switch when the biographies of the candidates and their nominations were distributed. ‘The brief personal profile of the first Tun Tun Oo was only one page. The biography of the second Tun Tun Oo [now nominated for chief justice] has five pages’, a lawmaker told Mizzima.

When an appeals case involving pro-democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi, who was accused of violating the terms of her house arrest, was heard before the Supreme Court in Naypyidaw in October 2010, deputy chief justice Tun Tun Oo was on the bench along with Chief Justice Aung Toe.

An MP said Deputy Chief Justice Tun Tun Oo, 51, has served in the military advocate general’s office under retired Major General Soe Maung, who is now a member of Parliament.

In other business on Wednesday, the joint session of Parliament unanimously approved the number of judges on the Supreme Court as seven, as proposed by President Thein Sein on Tuesday.

The joint parliament also elected Thihathura Tin Aung Myint Oo as vice president (1) and Khin Aung Myint as chairman of the joint Parliament.

The session lasted about 10 minutes, in keeping with previous sessions.
 

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