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Sein Lwin was elected president of Burma the day after being named chairman of the ruling Burma Socialist Program Party, succeeding Ne Win, who resigned from the party leadership. A one-day emergency session of Parliament also elected Tun Tin, formerly deputy prime minister, as prime minister, replacing Maung Maung Kha. In a Cabinet reshuffle, all but two of the 22 posts were filled by active or retired military officers. Sein Lwin is a hard-liner known for his suppression of dissidents, and Western diplomats said his rise could lead to more of the anti-government protests that have broken out in the last several months.

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