Myanmar President Thein Sein (C) is accompanied by Yangon Chief Minister Myint Swe (L) during the inauguration ceremony of Yangon International airport terminal on March 12, 2012. / AFP / STR
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Myanmar's army sparked public criticism 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.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.A military spokesman declined to comment on how the army's nominee would evade the foreign citizenship clause, which many suspect was written specifically to sideline Suu Kyi.
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