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Tin Aye is EC chairman; Tun Shin nominated For Atty-Gen.

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Retired Lieutenant General Tin Aye was unanimously approved as the chairman of the Union Election Commission by a joint session of the Burmese Parliament on Friday.

In other business, President Thein Sein nominated Dr. Tun Shin to be Union Attorney General. The nomination must be approved by a joint session of the upper and lower houses.

Biography of Tun Shin
Name: Tun Shin
Age: 63
Nationality: Burmese
Religion: Christian
Occupation: Deputy attorney general
Education: B.A, LL.B, (Rangoon); diploma international law, (London); M.A., business law (London)
Tun Shin now serves as a deputy attorney general. He was a member of 2008 constitutional referendum commission, and he is on the European Union visa-ban list.

In order to qualify for the EU appointment, Tin Aye resigned as a member of Parliament on Wednesday, and a lawmaker said he had also resigned as a member of the Union Solidarity and Development Party.

‘Our National Democratic Force (NDF) MP, Khin Maung Yee, inquired about him, and they replied that he had already resigned from both groups’, Khin Waing Kyi, a NDF member of Parliament, told Mizzima.

Some opposition MPs, speaking with the media, raised questions of whether Tin Aye could give fair judgments on electoral disputes and cases of alleged malfeasance since his USDP party allegedly committed widespread vote rigging and electoral fraud, including planting bogus absentee votes, according to opposition political parties.

MP Khin Waing Kyi said she believed Tin Aye would be responsible and fair. ‘I see good things from him’, she said.

But an MP from the Shan Nationalities Development Party, Sai Saung, said that it was too early to draw a judgment.

‘We can say and judge only after seeing his work and the decisions he makes’, he said. ‘His work will be clear after the 7-step roadmap [to democracy] has been accomplished. Only at that time can we evaluate his work’.

So far, this week’s sessions of Parliament have lasted only 10 to 15 minutes.

Last Updated ( Monday, 21 February 2011 10:26 )  

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