Myanmar’s First Civilian President Since the 1960s Htin Kyaw became the first civilian after more than 50 years to be elected president of Myanmar, Htin Kyaw, Elected President of Myanmar, Will Be First Civilian President Since the 1960s, On March 15, 2016, Myanmar’s legislature elected Htin Kyaw of the National League for Democracy (NLD) as the country’s next president. When he takes office in April, he will be Myanmar’s first civilian leader since 1962.
Htin Kyaw’s ascent to the presidency is rooted in the parliamentary elections of November 2015—the country’s first freely contested elections—in which the NLD won a majority of seats in both legislative chambers.
The leader of the NLD, longtime political activist Aung San Suu Kyi, was barred from standing for the presidency because of a provision in the country’s constitution, and the party selected Htin Kyaw, her close friend and confidant, as its candidate. Aung San Suu Kyi, however, made it quite clear that she intended to rule the country by proxy.
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