Myanmar parliament elects first civilian president in decades



    Myanmar parliament elects first civilian president in decades

    March 15, Naypyidaw: The parliament in Myanmar has elected Htin Kyaw as the next president, the first civilian to lead the country after decades of military rule.

    Htin Kyaw is a close ally of Aung San Suu Kyi, whose National League for Democracy (NLD) party swept to victory in historic elections in November. He won with 360 of the 652 votes cast.

    Htin Kyaw beat another NLD candidate and one put forward by the military.

    Suu Kyi is barred from the post due to a constitutional clause, but has said she would be above the president.

    In second place was military-nominated Myint Swe, who received about 200 votes, followed by the other NLD candidate, Henry Van Thio who got 79 votes.

    They will serve as first vice-president and second vice-president respectively, according to reports.

    The Oslo Times

     
     

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