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Burma Opposition MP Joins Thein Sein’s Cabinet

7 February 2013

Burma’s President Thein Sein appointed several new members to his cabinet, including an opposition parliamentarian, according to an announcement on the President’s Office website. Hsan Hsint was made Minister of Religious Affairs, while Thein Sein chose four new deputy ministers. National Democratic Force (NDF) Upper House member Tin Shwe was appointed deputy minister of hotels and tourism. It is the first time that Burma’s quasi-civilian government has appointed an opposition member. The NDF is a breakaway group from Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League of Democracy. The small party holds a few seats in Burma’s Upper House and Lower House.