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Myanmar lawmakers appoint Vice President

The Myanmar military toppled the civilian government on February 1, hours before the new parliament was due to convene.

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Naypyitaw: Deposed Myanmar lawmakers on Tuesday appointed a vice president, and tasked him with performing the duties of President Win Myint, who has been placed under house arrest by the military.

Mahn Win Khaing Than has been appointed the vice President by the lawmakers.

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The Myanmar military toppled the civilian government on February 1, hours before the new parliament was due to convene. A group of elected lawmakers from the National League for Democracy(NLD) — the former ruling party accused by the junta of rigging the November 2020 elections — has since created a committee representing the legislature to support the civil disobedience movement.

The committee on Tuesday wrote on Facebook

“Due to the fact that the government led by President Win Myint and State Adviser Aung San Suu Kyi was overthrown by the military in a coup, Mahn Win Khaing Than has been appointed vice president to serve as the head of the union government and organize its activities,”

The newly appointed vice president will perform the duties of the president in his absence, said the statement.

Protests against the military rule are meanwhile ongoing across the southeastern Asian nation.

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