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Myanmar's reformist President Thein Sein was reappointed Tuesday as head of the ruling party at a key meeting aimed at reviving its flagging political fortunes against a resurgent opposition. 

The military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), which held its first major conference in the regime's showpiece capital Naypyidaw, is seeking a new strategy to avert a possible major electoral defeat in 2015.

But in the end the party refrained from replacing Thein Sein as its leader amid signs of political rivalry within its top ranks.

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