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Ethnic-based political parties on Thursday appointed Rakhine National Party leader Aye Maung as their representative at the sexpartite talks on constitutional reform scheduled for Friday.
Aye Maung was appointed via secret ballot at a meeting of ethnic MPs in Naypyidaw.
On 25 November, the Burma union parliament approved an urgent proposal to facilitate a sexpartite dialogue – with President Thein Sein representing the government; house speakers Shwe Mann and Khin Aung Myint representing parliament; Commander-in-Chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing sitting on behalf of the military; Aung San Suu Kyi for opposition political parties; and one ethnic representative.
Aye Maung, a strong Arakanese nationalist, was nominated for a vice-presidential position after winning a seat in the 2010 elections.