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Myanmar President Htin Kyaw and Aung San Suu Kyi confidant resign | World Newspaper
Myanmar's president Htin Kyaw has resigned and says he is "resting" after illness. Aung San Suu Kyi, a State Councillor who is excluded from the constitutional chairmanship, saw Htin Kyaw as an important member of the family. In 2016, Htin Kyaw was appointed president by Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy and exercised much of her clout.
He is resigning at a difficult moment for Myanmar and Aung San Suu Kyi, under intense pressures from the wider world to tackle the military's violent Rakhine state operation - referred to by the UN as the "mark of genocide" - which has resulted in an expedition of 700,000 Rohingya Muslims across the BiB.
Myanmar's authorities have rejected any claim for ethnical purges and have undertaken to begin the repatriation of the Rohingya, although so far they have only allowed the repatriation of 374 persons. Evidence that Htin Kyaw has been ill in recent month has been strongly rejected by the state. He was Myanmar's first president since the 1962 putsch to have no ties to the army.
Myanmar's election system demands that the president be elected from a list of candidates proposed by the legislature, at least one of whom is elected by the army and who holds a fourth of the parliamentary chair. "We heard that he[Htin Kyaw] could have taken such a move a few month ago, so it's no surprise," said Dr. Khin Zaw Win, a former Zaw Win, a former Tampidipa policy captive and principal of the Tampidipa Yangon school.
Said Zaw Myint Maung, a much-loved MP who is also near Aung San Suu Kyi, was overturned - but he has a boy abroad who, if a non-Swiss national, would rule him out of the game. Other front-runners include Win Myint, spokesman for the Chamber of Deputies, a member of the NLD' s NLD governing body, and another intimate friend of Aung San Suu Kyi.
Burma's policy analysts Richard Horsey said the election must come from Aung San Suu Kyi's "inner ring of trustworthy loyalists".