Htin Kyaw, a longtime close friend of democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi, has been elected president of Myanmar. He'll be the first civilian in decades to hold the post.
The party of Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has won a string of seats in the country's by-elections. The vote was held to select MPs for parliament's upper houses and some state assemblies.
While only a few seats will be up for grabs, it will indicate how voters in Myanmar feel about their year-old government. De facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been criticized both in Myanmar and abroad.
The office of State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi has said the military has formally ended its counterinsurgency operations in Rakhine. The announcement follows a UN report accusing troops of mass killings and gang rapes.
Myanmar's parliament has approved a new post for Aung San Suu Kyi. Banned by the constitution from becoming president as her children hold foreign citizenship, her new role is similar to that of a prime minister.
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