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MYANMAR' s president and Suu Kyi confidante Htin Kyaw retires
Myanmar's president, Htin Kyaw, on Wednesday stepped down and left the country's de facto head, Aung San Suu Kyi, without a strong confidante and allied politician. She is an old schoolmate of Suu Kyi, who serves as her deputy in an offiice prohibited from her by Myanmar's draft militarily enacted charter.
He was largely a ceremony figure, as Suu Kyi had conferred the status of State Councillor on herself and was in charge of her civil government. He was nevertheless the leader of the state and an important Suu Kyi associate in her group. Speculations about the state of Htin Kyaw, 72, who had recently diminished and had cardiac issues in the past, had been swirling around for month.
"The Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw stepped down on March 21, 2018," it says in a declaration on his Facebook-page. He did not give much detail about why he stepped down, only that he "wanted to recover from his present task". Myanmar's vice-president Myint Swe, a former general, will assume the part until a new constitutional president is appointed.
The first civil president of the state since 1962, Htin Kyaw, was widely regarded as fully loyally committed to Suu Kyi, who said she would "rule over" him after he was voted in in 2016. Forceful hostilities compelled around 700,000 Rohingya to cross the frontier into poor Bangladesh refugee camp, where the UN has denounced the region as ethnical purge with possible "characteristics of genocide".
Militaries justify its action as a legal answer to Rohingya's militants' attack on policemen in August. There is a transition period between the civil regime and the armed forces, which continue to have great peculiarities in politics and economics. By controlling three core departments - the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of the Border and the Ministry of Defense - the Armed Forces give the Armed Forces the opportunity to carry out all the selected missions.
They have also reserved a fourth of the parliamentary headquarters for officials, giving the armed forces a de facto right of opposition to any amendment to the constitution. Suu Kyi's defence lawyers say her government's hand is tethered to the armed forces, but opponents claim she could and should have done more to fight allegations of acts of atrocity, especially in Rakhine State.
A respected poet's grandson, Htin Kyaw ran Suu Kyi's non-profit fund before taking over the chair. Following an offical autobiography, Htin Kyaw was a student at the Institute of Computer Science at the London Institute of Technology from 1971 to 1972. He worked as a lecturer in a diverse professional background and in the latter 70s and 1980s was also a member of the Ministry of Finances, International Relations and Forestry. He retired from the ministry as the army intensified its influence.