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Suu Kyi close aide voted Myanmar’s next president

Myanmar’s Lawmakers Today Elected A Close Aide And Longtime Friend Of Aung San Suu Kyi To Become The Country’s First Civilian President In Decades, In A Historic Moment For The Formerly Junta-run Nation.

PTI | Updated on: 15 Mar 2016, 12:14:22 PM
Htin Kyaw (Left) and Suu Kyi (Right). File Photo.


Myanmar’s lawmakers today elected a close aide and longtime friend of Aung San Suu Kyi to become the country’s first civilian president in decades, in a historic moment for the formerly junta-run nation.

Htin Kyaw, 69, won 360 of 652 votes cast by Myanmar’s two legislative chambers, paving the way for him to serve as a proxy for the Nobel laureate who is constitutionally barred from becoming president.

MPs burst into applause when the results were announced after a lengthy counting procedure in the capital Naypyidaw.

Suu Kyi is barred from taking the top post under the country’s junta-era constitution because she married and had children with a foreigner.

But she has pledged to pull the strings of power from “above” her appointee backed by a thumping mandate from her party’s landslide election win in November.

The son of a revered poet who has helped run Suu Kyi’s charitable foundation in recent years, Htin Kyaw has long been a trusted member of her inner circle.

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First Published : 15 Mar 2016, 11:48:00 AM