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Htin Kyaw wins presidental vote in Myanmar

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Htin Kyaw wins presidental vote in Myanmar

<p>Myanmar’s parliament has elected Htin Kyaw as the country’s new president.</p> <p>Kyaw is a close friend of the Aung San Suu Kyi, head of the governing National League for Democracy party (<span class="caps">NLD</span>). But she is barred from becoming president because her children are not citizens of Myanmar.</p> <p>Suu Kyi had indicated she would run the country through a proxy president. </p> <p>“This is the compassion and love of the people,” Htin Kyaw told reporters. “This is a victory for the people of this country. This is also the victory of Aung San Suu Kyi.”</p> <p>The <span class="caps">NLD</span>’s majority in parliament ensured a comfortable win for the party’s nomination for president. </p> <p>Hyaw commands considerable respect in Myanmar: His father was a legendary writer and early member of the <span class="caps">NLD</span>.</p> <p>He will take office office on April 1. </p> <p>The two other candidates who were also running in Tuesday’s election will now become the country’s joint vice presidents, one of whom remains on Washington’s sanctions list. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NEWSGRAPHIC?src=hash">#NEWSGRAPHIC</a>: Myanmar presidential candidate nominated by Aung San Suu Kyi's ruling <span class="caps">NLD</span> <a href="https://t.co/IwyT4PH5MZ">pic.twitter.com/IwyT4PH5MZ</a></p>— <span class="caps">AFP</span> news agency (@AFP) <a href="https://twitter.com/AFP/status/707814462120718336">March 10, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>