New Delhi (Mizzima) – A meeting of both houses of Parliament on Tuesday submitted a list of vice president nominees including incumbent Prime Minister Thein Sein and Secretary 1 Thihathura Tin Aung Myint Oo, member of the SPDC military council.
PM Thein Sein was nominated by the Lower House and SPDC Secretary (1) General Tin Aung Myint Oo was nominated by the military-appointed MPs.
Lower House MP Saw Thein Aung and Upper House MP Dr. Aye Maung of the Rakhine Nationality Development Party (ARDP) and MP Sai Mauk Kham of the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) were also nominated.
The following are brief personal profiles of the five nominees.
Name: Thein Sein (a former general)
Date of Birth: April 20, 1945
Position and Occupation: Prime Minister, USDP party chairman
Thein Sein is a graduate of the 9th Intake of the Defence Services Academy (DSA) in Pyinoolwin
After the 1988 coup, he served as a colonel (General Staff) in the Directorate of the Army and as a Military Operations Commander. In 1997, he was promoted to Triangle Region Command Commander.
He was promoted to major general in 1998, adjutant general in 2002, lieutenant general in 2003 and secretary (2) of the ruling military council, called State Peace and Development Council (SPDC). In 2004, he was promoted to Secretary (1) of the SPDC.
When Prime Minister Soe Win died on October 12, 2007, he became prime minister on October 24, 2007, and was then promoted to General rank in 2005. He retired from his military post in April of 2010.
As PM, he visited China, Laos, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and other neighbouring countries on official tours for building international relations.
He was the first government official to tour among the cyclone Nargis victims in 2008.
He serves concurrently as chairman of National Disaster Management Central Committee, which was formed after Cyclone Nargis.
He led the USDP party after it was transformed into a political party from a civic-social organisation and he contested in the 2010 general election. He won Lower House seat in the Mandalay Division Zabuthiri Township constituency.
The USDP party won 57 percent of the seats in Upper House and and 59 percent of the seats in the Lower House.
He and his wife, Daw Khin Win, have three children.
Name: Thihathura Tin Aung Myint Oo
Date of Birth: May 29, 1950
Position and Occupation: Secretary (1) SPDC and USDP patron member
Tin Aung Myint Oo is the graduate of 12th intake of the DSA.
Secretary (1) of SPDC
He earned a military valour decoration of ‘Thihathura’ in 1980 for fighting the Communist Party of Burma (CPB) in 1980.
He was a commander of Infantry Battalion No. 111 in Sagaing Division in 1990 and then promoted to General Staff Officer Grade (1) of Light Infantry Division 33 and later Strategic Command Commander of Northern Command.
He was promoted to brigadier general rank and assigned to the Kyaukme Military Operation Command under the Northeast Command and then promoted to regional command commander of the Lashio-based Northeast Command.
He became Quarter Master General in 2002, was promoted to lieutenant general in 2003 and Secretary (1) of the SPDC in 2007.
He was promoted to general rank in March 2009.
He retired from the military in 2010 and became a patron member of the USDP while retaining his Secretary (1) of SPDC post.
He contested in the 2010 general election as a USDP candidate in the Mandalay Division Pubbathiri Pyithu Hluttaw constituency.
His wife is Khin Saw Hnin and their eldest son is Naing Lin Oo a.k.a. Tayzar Saw Oo. Naing Lin Oo is a retired captain and owner of Ayer Hintha Company.
Name: Dr. Aye Maung
Date of Birth: November 1, 1957
Party position: chairman of the Rakhine Nationality Development Party
Place of Birth: Aung Seik village in Rathetaung Township in Rakhine State
Education: Graduated from Sittwe State High School No. 2 in 1975 and was selected as outstanding student from the Sittwe District. He received a bachelor of veterinary science degree from Rangoon Animal Husbandry and Veterinary University in 1981.
He attended the Ywathargyi Agriculture and Livestock cadre school for three years.
He served as a government employee in Monei in southern Shan State in 1984 and Namkham in 1986. He became a township officer in Ann Township in Rakhine State in 1990. He worked in Ann for about one year and was transferred to Maungdaw in 1996 in the same post.
He was transferred to Rangoon in 1997 and sent to Maungdaw where he worked until 2009. He served as a domestic consultant in projects of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation from 2008 to 2010.
He retired in April 2009. He owns a pharmacy shop and has a livestock farm in Rakhine State.
His wife is a retired school teacher, and they have two children.
He worked as a polling booth master in the general election in 1990. He received permission to form the RNDP to contest in the 2010 general election on June 1, 2010, and assumed the chairman position.
He contested for a seat in Upper House in Sittwe Township constituency (1).
The RNDP fielded 44 candidates in three legislative bodies and 35 won their seats.
He worked in relief projects for fire victims and in social and disaster relief operations as a Red Cross member in Sittwe from 1971 to 1975.
He worked as a executive committee member of the Sittwe University Students Stipend Committee from 1976 to 1981.
He worked as an executive committee member of the Universities Rakhine Literature and Cultural Committee (Rangoon) from 1976 to 1981. He was the publisher of the Rakhine Tazaung magazine No. 16 in 1980 and secretary of the magazine publishing committee.
He helped form the Rakhine Volunteer Sweepers Organisation of Shwedagon Pagoda in 1982.
Name: Saw Thein Aung
Party: Phalon Sawaw Party
He passed matriculation exams in 1958 and graduated as a history major in 1963-64. After graduation, he worked as a school teacher. He served as personal assistant of then Labour Minister Kyaw Zaw in 1978-79. He worked as seaman from 1979 to 1988.
He has a son and a daughter.
He attended a Burma Socialist Programme Party training course in 1965 and then became secretary of the Rangoon Division Sanchaung Township party unit office.
Name: Dr. Sai Mauk Kham
He was born in Muse in 1950 and received a medical degree from Mandalay Institute of Medicine.
He has a medical clinic in Lashio in Shan State.
He served as chairman of the Lashio Township Shan Literature and Cultural Organisation and the Central Shan Literature and Cultural Organisation.
He contested for an Upper house Seat as a USDP candidate in Shan State No. 3 constituency.