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Myanmar, MANDALAY - A long-time loyaltyist to Myanmar's civil leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, was elected the country's new president on Wednesday, a largely formal channel for her authorities. New President U Win Myint will replace U Htin Kyaw, 71, who stepped down last weekend after two years in office.
Mr. Htin Kyaw was widely considered an honourable but impotent official who received the request of Mrs. Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, who was convicted worldwide for her toleration of the military's raheingya Muslim ethnoclean. Mr. Win Myint, a 66-year-old attorney, is said to be doing a similar job.
He will be restricted as President both by the constitution drawn up by the army and by the powerful hands of Aung San Suu Kyi. Nor were his positions on such urgent topics as the Rohingya racial purge in Rakhine state, increasing repression of free expression, a fighting industry and a continuing struggle between the army and several nationalities.
Mrs Aung San Suu Kyi, 72, rarely appeared in Parliament to watch the voting, together with Mr Win Myint. At the end of the voting, journalists asked him to give his opinion on his choice, but he just smiles and waves before he leaves. Mr Win Myint resigned last weeks as Parliament spokesman in expectation of his new post.
He' s to be inaugurated president on Friday. Former President Htin Kyaw, who was in bad shape, did not say why he resigned. However, his woman, Daw Su Su Lwin, who is also a Member of Parliament, said to the journalists last weeks that it was not for medical grounds and proposed that he was not satisfied in his part.
Like so much about Myanmar, the manoeuvre is marked by the constitution drawn up by the war. It also establishes a split administration in which the commandant of the Armed Forces in Kiefappoints represents a fourth of the members of parliament and three mighty members of the cabinett and does not report to any civil authorities. Mr Win Myint has more practical politics than the previous one and is more of an activeist.
However, as long as Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi retains her influence on the civil side of the administration, analyst said he is unlikely to make a distinction.