Aung San Suu Kyi’s close aide and friend HTin Kyaw is elected president in Myanmar. This means he becomes the country’s first civilian president since 1962.
The 69-year-old HTin Kyaw was expected to get a majority in both houses of parliament and the appointment of him was therefore a mere formality.
During the vote in the lower house of parliament Friday he received 274 of the 317 votes. During the vote on Tuesday that was held in all of the National Assembly, he received 360 of 652 votes. Applause broke out in parliament when the vote was clear.
– Victory! This is the sister Aung San Suu Kyi’s victory. Thank you, said HTin Kyaw told reporters after the vote was over.
– This is a result of the people’s love for her, he added.
Aung San Suu Kyi’s party won a crushing victory last November . She was not allowed to run for president herself because she has been married to a foreigner and because her children are foreign nationals.
Her plan is thus to indirectly steer the country through a deputy, but who she had chosen for that position was a well kept secret until she announced HTin Kyaw as a candidate last Thursday.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today