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Myanmar Elects its First Civilian President : A Report

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It must be a historical moment for Myanmar as its selects its first Civilian President, Htin Kyaw, in fifty years of military rule. He is a close ally of Aung Sang Suu Kyi, who became victorious in the last national elections. However, she herself cannot hold the constitutional post.

  • The president is chosen from candidates put forward by each of the two houses of parliament, in addition to a third nominee from the military.

Who is Htin Kyaw?Myanmar Elects its First Civilian President

  • Kyaw has played a senior role at the Daw Khin Kyi Foundation, the charity founded in honour of Suu Kyi’s late mother.
  • A close aid to Aung San Suu Kyi.

AUNG SAN SUU KYI:

  • Known as Myanmar’s “The Lady”
  • Leader of NLD*
  • She cannot hold Presidency as the constitution bars anyone with children who are citizens of another country from holding the post. Her sons are British citizens
  • She won the historic elections held in November 2015 which was the first one of its kind in 25 years.
  • She spent around two decades under house arrest, becoming an internationally recognized symbol of democracy and the country’s most popular politician.

FACTS:

  • Capital: Naypyidaw
  • Currency: Burmese Kyat
  • Leading Political Party: National League for Democracy( NLD)*
  • Parliament: Hluttaw