U Htin Kyaw is Myanmar’s new president

Nay Pyi Taw, March 15 (IANS) Myanmar’s parliament on Tuesday elected U Htin Kyaw of the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party as the new president, the first civilian to lead the country after more than 50 years of military rule.

Htin Kyaw is a close ally of leader Aung San Suu Kyi, whose NLD party swept to victory in historic elections in November 2015, BBC reported.

He beat another NLD candidate U Henry Van Htee Yu, and U Myint Swe from the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), who was directly assigned by the military.

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