Myanmar parliaments select new president

A joint session of Myanmar's parliaments was to convene Tuesday to elect the country's next president from three nominated candidates, with a close aide to Aung San Suu Kyi expected to win the top post.

The election by the Union Parliament, as the combined upper and lower houses are called, was to be held at 10 am (0330 GMT) in the capital Naypyitaw.

The lead candidate put forward by Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) was Htin Kyaw, a prominent party insider with close ties to Suu Kyi going back decades, but who is not a sitting member of parliament.

The NLD also nominated parliamentarian Henry Van Thio, another ally of Suu Kyi and a member of the Chin ethnic minority.

The military nominee was Myint Swe, a retired general considered close to the old guard of the former military regime.

The candidate with the most votes will become president of the country while the two others will become vice presidents.

With the NLD dominating both houses after a landslide election victory in November, the vote was expected to put Htin Kyaw in the top office.

Suu Kyi is constitutionally barred from holding the presidency because her two sons have foreign citizenship, as their father was British. She has said she will be "above the president" in the next government.

Last update: Tue, 15/03/2016 - 11:25

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