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The Mon State legislature on Wednesday approved the appointment of Dr. Aye Zan as the state’s new chief minister, less than a week after the resignation of his predecessor was formally accepted by the Union government.
Min Htin Aung Han, a lawmaker in the Mon regional assembly, told DVB that MPs at a legislative session on Wednesday morning signed off on Aye Zan, nominated by Burma’s President Htin Kyaw, to serve as the new Mon State chief minister. He was to be officially sworn in on Wednesday afternoon, following a short legislative recess for lunch.
“The regional assembly approved the MP nominated as the new regional chief minister by the president. The legislature will be informing the President’s Office about this approval,” said Min Htin Aung Han.
“Dr. Aye Zan will be sworn in to his position when the session resumes at 2pm.”
Aye Zan had served as a National League for Democracy state lawmaker representing a constituency in Kyaikhto Township. He also won a seat in Burma’s annulled 1990 election, also as an NLD representative.
The new chief minister was born in the Mon State town of Mudon in 1954, to parents Kyaw Zan and Yin Mya. He graduated from the University of Medicine-2 and opened a health clinic in his hometown as well as the town of Kyaikhto. He has also served as the NLD’s Kyaikhto Township party chairman and as a state party executive.
Min Min Oo, the former Mon State chief minister, resigned last month amid lawmakers’ complaints over his tenure and controversy surrounding the naming rights of a new bridge in the state.