Myanmar elects Suu Kyi ally Myint as new president

Published: March 28, 2018 14:22:22 | Updated: March 28, 2018 19:07:05

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Myanmar’s parliament has elected Win Myint as the country’s next president, a week after the resignation of his predecessor.

Win Myint, a close aide of Aung San Suu Kyi, has been a speaker in the lower house since 2012 and was widely tipped for the top job.

But his role will be essentially ceremonial, with Ms Suu Kyi acting as de facto president.

Htin Kyaw resigned as president last week, amid growing health concerns, reports BBC.

Parliament then had seven days to choose a successor, and voted from a short-list of the three vice-presidents on Wednesday.

Earlier last week, Win Myint, 66, had been made a vice-president, a further sign he was likely to assume the presidency.

As a long-time member of Ms Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy, he is seen as a Suu Kyi loyalist.

The other two vice-presidents were Myint Swe, who served as acting president after Htin Kyaw stepped down, and Henry Van Thio.

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