Burma's foreign minister has reassured diplomats from other countries that the nation's new hardline prime minister will continue the work of his ousted reformist predecessor in moving toward democracy.
Foreign Minister Nyan Win told foreign envoys at a closed-door meeting Thursday in Rangoon that Prime Minister Soe Win will not change the domestic and international policies pursued by former Prime Minister Khin Nyunt.
The foreign minister also told the gathering that Khin Nyunt was allowed to retire October 19th after other members of the ruling military junta discovered a corruption scandal had occurred on his watch.
Burma's state-controlled media previously reported that the prime minister -- who had served since August, 2003 -- retired for health reasons.
Information for this report is provided by AP and Reuters.