May 26, 2018

Myanmar elects Htin Kyaw as first civilian president in 53 years

Myanmar elects Htin Kyaw as first civilian president in 53 years

Myanmar’s parliament has elected Htin Kyaw as the country’s first non-military president since the army took power in a 1962 coup.

A close adviser and loyal friend to Aung San Suu Kyi, the 69-year-old was nominated by the National League for Democracy party last week and voted into the presidency by parliament on Tuesday.

Suu Kyi, who is barred from the presidency under an army-drafted constitution, has made clear she will be “above the president” and Htin Kyaw is expected to act as a proxy. Reporters in the capital, Naypyidaw, were not allowed to enter the parliament chamber when the voting took place.

A final tally giving Htin Kyaw 360 out of 652 votes was met with applause. The two runners up, military nominee Myint Swe and ethnic minority Chin candidate Henry Van Thio, will become first and second vice-presidents respectively. Aung San Suu Kyi, herself a member of parliament, cast her vote and later smiled broadly and clapped when the results were announced. Read more

 

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