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Myanmar’s President to Be Selected Tues.
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Myanmar’s President to Be Selected Tues.

Myanmar’s Parliament votes on Tuesday to pick the country’s next president from a group of three final candidates, including a frontrunner who is a longtime confidant of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party won overwhelming majorities in both houses of parliament in a Nov. 8 general election and its lawmakers are expected to confirm party nominee Htin Kyaw as the country’s next leader, AP reported. The new president is to take office on April 1. Myanmar’s Constitution, written under the former military junta’s direction, blocks Suu Kyi from becoming president because of a clause that excludes anyone with a foreign spouse or children. Suu Kyi has said she will be “above” the president and rule from behind the scenes, meaning that any NLD candidate would effectively be her proxy. Myanmar’s electoral system requires that the president be chosen from candidates put forward by each of the two houses of parliament, and a third nominee from the military, which retains a quarter of the legislative seats.

 

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