Myanmar vice president's resignation announced
The resignation of one of Myanmar's vice presidents has been officially announced as the country's new parliament reconvenes.
Lawmakers were told Wednesday that President Thein Sein had accepted the resignation of Vice President Tin Aung Myint Oo for health reasons. The resignation took effect July 1, though he was widely reported to have quit in early May.
There has been speculation that Tin Aung Myint Oo, one of Myanmar's two vice presidents, was forced out because he allegedly disagreed with Thein Sein's reform policies. Since coming to office a year ago, Thein Sein has instituted political and economic reforms that are a sharp contrast to the repressive measures of the five decades of military rule that preceded his government.