February 4th, 2011

MYANMAR/BURMA — The faux parliament is seated and, as one of its first actions, has named Thein Sein as the president: safe, dependable and guaranteed to not disrupt the cash flow.

From the BBC:

Thein Sein is a graduate of the elite military school, the Defence Services Academy and went on to command an infantry battalion in Sagaing Division.

He then served under Than Shwe when the latter was the commander-in-chief of the armed forces.

He commanded military operations in Rangoon, and led the newly-formed Triangle Regional Military Command in Kengtung, eastern Shan State, in 1996.

He was made first secretary of the State Peace and Development Council after the downfall of the former intelligence chief General Khin Nyunt in 2004.

He also chaired the National Convention which drafted the country’s new constitution.

“He won’t rock the boat,” said Aung Zaw. “He is not a fire-breathing dragon, so he doesn’t pose any threat to Than Shwe – who will continue to exercise absolute power.”

The senior general needs an acceptable face for the world as part of what he has described as the country’s democratic transition.

Just how far up Thein Sein’s ass is Than Shwe’s arm?

Do what you can to make this a good morning, Myanmar.

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