NLD names U Htin Kyaw for president
U Htin Kyaw has been named as Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s candidate for the presidency, ending four months of uncertainty following the landslide election victory of her National League for Democracy.
The NLD formally nominated U Htin Kyaw, a trusted advisor , as its candidate in a session of the lower house.
The military –backed Union Solidarity and Development Party, which was crushed in last November’s elections, also put forward a candidate although the current ruling party now only holds a handful of seats. Sai Mauk Kham, the current vice president, was nominated as the party’s lower house candidate, and U Khin Aung Myint, former speaker of the upper house, was expected to be named as its upper house candidate.
The two chambers will vote separately, possibly later today, to select one candidate each.
Parliament’s bloc of appointed military MPs do not take part in those votes. Under the constitution, the military submits the name of its candidate directly to the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, the combined sitting of the two chambers which then votes to choose the president, first vice president and second vice president.
That vote is expected next week. Given the NLD’s parliamentary majority, the election of U Htin Kyaw as president is all but assured. President U Thein Sein’s five-year term ends on March 30.
In the upper house the NLD nominated Chin MP and party member, 57-year-old Henry Van Thio as its choice for vice president. There had been speculation that the NLD intended to nominate a senior ethnic Shan politician for that post.
U Htin Kyaw – loyalty trumps
U Htin Kyaw, named today as the NLD choice for president, has long been trusted by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi who has repeatedly stated that being barred by the constitution from the top job will not stop her from leading the government.
The 69-year-old Oxford graduate with a degree in economics hails from an illustrious family and is a senior executive in the NLD leader’s charitable foundation. Loyalty will have been his strongest attribute in his selection.
U Htin Kyaw has been described as practically descended from NLD royalty. His father was the famous writer and poet Min Thu Wun, who won a seat in the 1990 election. His father-in-law, U Lwin, was a co-founder of the NLD and held the position of secretary and treasurer. Both have since passed away.
Born in 1946, U Htin Kyaw is a year younger than Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. He graduated from Yangon University of Economics in 1962 and received his degree from Oxford a decade later. He writes under the pen name Bala Dan.
He is married to Daw Su Su Lwin, daughter of U Lwin and a member of the Pyithu Hluttaw. In 2012, she won her father’s old constituency of Thongwa in a by-election, and was re-elected last year.
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Source: MYANMAR TIMES