Myanmar's parliament is on its way to choosing a new president, four months after the first free elections ended more than 50 years of military rule. Three candidates have been nominated. Myanmar’s president will take office at the end of March.
Myanmar's new president will continue releasing political prisoners. The latest releases still leave dozens of political prisoners locked up, with hundreds of others facing charges brought by the previous government.
Myanmar's parliament has elected Htin Kyaw, confidant and close friend of Aung San Suu Kyi, as the country's new president. He's the Southeast Asian nation's first civilian leader after decades of military rule.
The swearing in of Htin Kyaw on Wednesday marks the final act of a political transition from military junta to civilian rule. The role will see him act as a proxy for pro-democracy figurehead Aung Sang Suu Kyi.
Aung San Suu Kyi's party has nominated her former driver and close aide, Htin Kyaw, to become Myanmar's next president. It also put forward a member of the ethnic Chin minority. The Nobel laureate is not eligible to run.
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