Myanmar lawmakers elected Htin Kyaw, a close aide of Aung San Suu Kyi, as the country’s next president during a parliamentary vote in Naypyidaw Tuesday.
Htin Kyaw was chosen ahead of Henry Van Thio, an ethnic Chin lawmaker from Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party, and Myint Swe, a former general nominated by parliament’s military appointees, according to the vote count, which was broadcast on television. The losing candidates become vice presidents.
Suu Kyi’s NLD dominates both houses of parliament after winning elections in November, meaning the party was able to nominate and elect the president of its choosing. Suu Kyi is constitutionally barred from the post, though has pledged to run the government regardless of the ban.