Burmese lawmakers to select next president on Tuesday
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Burmese lawmakers to select next president on Tuesday

BURMESE lawmakers are expected to select the nation’s next president Tuesday following the earlier vetting of three vice-presidential nominees.

According to news reports, the list of the three final candidates includes Htin Kyaw, a front runner and longtime confidant of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

Burmese English news website The Nation reported its Deputy Speaker of the Union Parliament Aye Thar Aung as saying that the Union Parliament was going to elect its president on Tuesday after a committee vetted the three names.

The National League for Democracy-dominated Lower House, the site reported, nominated Htin Kyaw as the vice president while the Upper House MPs voted for Henry Van Thio of Chin State. The military MPs nominated Myint Swe, chief minister of Yangon Region, as their representative.

“I am glad a Chin national is nominated as the vice-presidential candidate. I am an Arakan national. I am very pleased that the NLD paved the way for ethnic minorities to get high posts in the Parliament. It is especially important to stop the civil wars and achieve peace,” Aye Thar Aung was quoted as saying.

“Giving minority groups important parliamentary roles will help build internal peace.”

Htin Kyaw is a listed nominee who was a highly-regarded confidant of NLD chairwoman Aung San Suu Kyi.

The Associated Press quoted Parliament speaker Mann Win Khaing Than saying on Monday that lawmakers will vote in the presidential selection process on Tuesday morning in Myanmar’s Union Parliament.

Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party won a Nov. 8 general election by a landslide, gaining an overwhelming majority in both houses of parliament.

Suu Kyi is effectively barred from the presidency by the constitution but her party has nominated two candidates, including Htin Kyaw, who is expected to become president. A military bloc in parliament also selected its own candidate.

Additional reporting by Associated Press