Myanmar to select new president Wednesday  

Myanmar to select new president Wednesday  

SAM Staff,
Vice president Win Myint is favoured to win the presidential election in Myanmar on Wednesday

The Myanmar parliament will select a new president on Wednesday, with lawmakers choosing among three vice presidents for the successor to Htin Kyaw, the country’s civilian president who resigned last week.

Mann Win Khine Than, speaker of the Union Parliament, announced during a plenary session that the election will be held at 10am on Wednesday.

Htin Kyaw resigned suddenly on Wednesday in a move believed prompted by ill health. However, his wife later denied reports that his health was a factor, saying it was meant to make way for a more experienced and capable leader.

Htin Kyaw, a close friend of State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, the country’s de facto leader, became president in March 2016.

The electoral college comprising elected civilian members and appointed military officials of both houses of parliament will vote on Wednesday to elect the new president from among the three vice presidents: Myint Swe of the military, the upper house’s Henry Vanthio and Win Myint of the lower house.

Win Myint, 66, a close aide of Suu Kyi, is favoured to win the election.

Win Myint has been a lawmaker at the lower house since 2012, together with Suu Kyi, when her National League for Democracy Party was a minority in the parliament.

He served as a secretary of the Rule of Law, Peace, and Tranquility Committee, which Suu Kyi chaired in the lower house until 2016.