Myanmar elects Suu Kyi’s ally as first civilian president

NAY PYI TAW: U Htin Kyaw from Myanmar’s ruling National League for Democracy (NLD), has been elected as the president of Myanmar Tuesday through a secret ballot. “Htin Kyaw, who is a confident of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, will be the first head of state who does not hail from a military background since the 1960s,” a NLD spokesperson told media. U Htin Kyaw won against the two other presidential candidates, U Myint Swe nominated by the military and U Henry Van Htee Yu by the NLD. Kyaw is not a lawmaker, he is the chief of a charity founded by Suu Kyi and has been a trusted member of her inner circle since the mid-1990s. “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 told Reuters after the vote. The first vice president seat has been secured by U Myint Swe while U Henry Van Htee Yu becomes the second vice president. According to sources, The three are expected to be sworn in at the parliament on March 30.
Source: News Pakistan

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