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MYANMAR' s parliament elects new president
Aung San Suu Kyi's closest associate has been voted by Myanmar's new president by law. On Wednesday Win Myint was voted as successor to Htin Kyaw, who stepped down last Wednesday on the grounds of illness. 66-year-old Win Myint, until last weekend spokesman for the lower chamber of Myanmar, is an experienced Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy campaigner who has ruled both homes of Myanmar's legislature since her earthquake in 2015.
In the 1990' he was briefly detained under the reigning army junta and was first voted into office in 2012, when the army became a parlament. Myint Win effortlessly beat two other nominees, among them Myint Swe, who was supported by the still mighty army, which has 25 per cent of the seat in the House under a draft of its 2008 draft that finally handed over to a fully civil state.
There are also several senior positions in the Armed Forces office, such as defence, domestic and frontier work. Though Win Myint is president, Aung San Suu Kyi is the de facto head of the state in her capacity as state advisor, which she has proclaimed "above the president. According to the draft bill of the army, she is not allowed to serve as president because her children, like her deceased spouse, are Britis.
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Burma has a new president. On Wednesday, a weeks after U Htin Kyaw resigned as head of the state, Wednesday saw the parliamentary assembly elect former Pyithu Hluttaw spokesman U Win Myint as the country's tenth president since gaining sovereignty. Win Myint won the voting with 403 out of 636 points. The current president and nomination U Myint Swe won 211 and the current vice-president Henry Van Thio 18 voices.
And when he walked out of the House, Win Myint said to reporters: Detached in good before the 1990 elections, he ran successfully in Danubyu, but the army Junta declined to honor the outcome. As many members of the opposing movements during the years of armed forces dominance, Win Myint was arrested several occasions, especially at the moment when his only boy was seriously ill, according to an Irrawaddy report.
Just before his boy passed away, the Win Myint secret service gave him a shot at seeing his boy, but only if he would sign a paper dispensing with it. In the 2012 by-election he rejoined the political scene and won the Ayeyarwady's Pathein Township lower chamber office. Candidate for the 2015 elections again, he won the Tarmwe-based Pyithu Hluttaw office before being named spokesman.
Aung San Suu Kyi's strong associate, he is held in high regard for his crucial leadership of the House of Commons. He was not one to shrink from conflicts, more than once he blamed military-linked legislators in the House, and in early 2017 he punished an NLD MP for having read a paper during a Hluttav sittings.
He threw another Member out of the House a few day before the event because he had not followed the stringent regulations concerning the uniforms (the Member wore a neckless jacket instead of the mandatory blank one). Most of the feedback from his inauguration in the state has been overwhelmingly favorable. Yangon Regional Government's former Yangon deputy Daw Daw Nyo Thin said she hopes Win Myint would accept his suggestion to review the property of Yangon regional administration officers.
It also said that she was hoping that he would enforce his call to protect farmers' prerogatives, a heated issue in the state. "There were also some departments with which he was not satisfied, and I trust that he will take resolute measures against them," she said.
Nyo Nyo Thin admitted, however, that the new president will continue to be under the supervision of State Councillor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, just like Htin Kyaw. Chaw Daw Chaw Chaw Sein, Associate professor and director of the International Relations Division at Yangon University, said she was upbeat about a Win-Myint chair.
"In my opinion, U Win Myint's character is important," she said, pointing to his determination in the Parliament meetings as spokesman. It also confirmed Aung San Suu Kyi's oversight of the president and said it hopes that the State Council will "give authority to U Win Myint by placing its trust in his personality".
It also called on Win Myint to work in close cooperation with the army. "I call on the President to hear the general opinion and to make his own decisions," she said. Kyaunggon, Ayeyarwady, said he hopes that the nomination of Win Myint would come at the same time as a change of "competent ministers".
"Dependent on his actions, U Win Myint will be acceptable to the masses. The new president will succeed if the state retains a stable and improving economy," he said. Mr Daw Khin San Hlaing, a lower-LLD legislator (Pale, Sagaing) and member of the Scrutiny Committee for the Qualification of the Vice President, said the Armed Forces has backed the view that Win Myint will become president.
"If you look at it from a legitimate point of view, U Win Myint has nothing less than the demands on the president. They[ the military] said nothing against it," she said. Pythu Hluttaw legislator for the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy in Hsipaw, Shan State, said he hopes the president would help "create a federation on an equal footing".