Myanmar's parliament elects non MP

  • 15/03/2016
Aung San Suu Kyi (Reuters)
Aung San Suu Kyi (Reuters)

Myanmar's parliament has elected a close friend and confidant of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi as president, making Htin Kyaw the first head of state who does not hail from a military background since the 1960s.

Suu Kyi led her National League for Democracy (NLD) to a landslide election win in November, but a constitution drafted by the former junta bars her from the top office.

She has vowed to run the country anyway through a proxy, and on Thursday (local time) the NLD nominated Htin Kyaw for the role. He runs a charity founded by Suu Kyi and has been a trusted member of her inner circle since the mid-1990s. He is not an MP.

Htin Kyaw received 360 votes of the 652 cast, the parliamentary official counting the votes said on Tuesday.