Myanmar's military has nominated Myint Swe, a former general with close links to the former junta, to replace Vice President Tin Aung Myint Oo, who resigned for health reasons last week. His nomination must be approved by parliament, which is stocked with ruling party officials, and there is little doubt that he will be passed.

After 50 years of military rule, Myanmar, also known as Burma, transitioned into a civilian government in 2011. It's new president, Thein Sein, is a former military figure, although he is known as a reformer, and had worked with Myint Swe in the past, according to The Irrawaddy. Despite his military background, there is minimal concern that Myint Swe will undermine the political progress recently achieved.