National League for Democracy | Suu Kyi aide elected Myanmar's first civilian president in decades

Suu Kyi aide elected Myanmar’s first civilian president in decades

March 15, 2016 2:51 AM (UTC+8)

 

(From Reuters)

Myanmar’s parliament elected a close friend and confidant of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi as president on Tuesday, making Htin Kyaw the first head of state who does not hail from a military background since the 1960s.

Htin Kyaw
Htin Kyaw

Suu Kyi led her National League for Democracy (NLD) to a landslide election win in November, but a constitution drafted by the former junta bars her from the top office.

She has vowed to run the country anyway through a proxy president, and on Thursday the NLD nominated Htin Kyaw for the role. He runs a charity founded by Suu Kyi and has been a trusted member of her inner circle since the mid-1990s. He is not a lawmaker.

“Today’s result is because of the love of people for her. It is the victory of my sister Aung San Suu Kyi,” Htin Kyaw said after the vote. Read More

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