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Burma is electing a new president this week
Rangoon - Following the unexpected departure of President U Htin Kyaw last Wednesday, Myanmar will vote for a new head of state on Wednesday, the Union Parliament on Monday called. Myanmar must have three constitutional vice-presidents chosen by the House of Commons, the House of Lords, and nominated by both houses as legislators of the war.
Myanmar's House of Commons on Friday voted its former spokesman, U Win Myint of the governing National League for Democracy (NLD), as vice-president. Its other two vice-presidents are U Myint Swe, who is now the country's current chairman, and U Henry Van Thio. On Wednesday mornings, Parliament will elect a new Chairman from among the three Vice-Presidents.
Mr U Win Myint resigned as House of Commons spokesman shortly after U Htin Kyaw's announcement on Wednesday, which led to speculations that he would become the next Myanmar MEP. When the speculations are confirmed, U Win Myint, a high-ranking NLD member, will be Myanmar's tenth ever independent leader since the country's 1948 break.
This 67-year-old is considered one of the favourites of State Councillor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi among the older NLD members. In February 2016, he was appointed House of Commons spokesman after the NLD won the 2015 parliamentary elections. While in the House of Commons, the former attorney was known for his rigorous disciplines.
Although U Htin Kyaw's dismissal was surprising to the outside world, Myanmar's governing NLD group said the amendment had already been debated among high-ranking government and political leaders. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's secretary and adviser, U Win Htein, said to the press on Saturday after the NLD CEC meet that U Win Myint will be elected to the presidency.
"U Htin Kyaw is not healthy. When he resigned, U Htin Kyaw merely declared that he would resign. Former US leader Aung San Suu Kyi was the first head of state ever to hold parliamentary elections after the NLD government under Daw Aung San Suu Kyi came to office in 2016 after a landmark win in last year's parliamentary elections.
He' a trusted confidante of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Whilst he was the formal head of state and the highest constitutional authorities in the country, the level of real powers he exercised was dubious. "The woman," as State Councillor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is called, had already announced during the electoral battle that she would stand "above the president", since the constitution forbids her from exercising her position.
Former First Lady Daw Su Su Su Lwin said to the press on Friday that her husband's retirement was not only for medical reason, but had already been scheduled. "When he was appointed to the job, he was expecting to stay in the Daw Aung San Suu Kyi office for a maximum of three to six months," she added, which meant that he thought that the constitution that excluded the state adviser from the presidential office could be adopted during that period.
In contrast to what he was expecting, the change to the NLD government's two years in power has so far failed. In view of his younger years and his experiences, Daw Su Su Su Lwin is hoping that the possible new U Win Myint who is four years younger than U Htin Kyaw will be more prosperous.