Magazine article New Internationalist

Htin Kyaw

Magazine article New Internationalist

Htin Kyaw

Article excerpt

The 69-year-old former aide to National Democracy League (NDL) leader Aung San Suu Kyi may be the new president of Burma, but he is mainly a placeholder for Suu Kyi, who is barred from the presidency by a military-imposed constitutional clause because her sons hold British citizenship. With Suu Kyi announcing she will 'be above the President', and the military holding 25 per cent of the parliamentary seats, it is not clear whether the loyal Htin Kyaw will be able to put a personal stamp on the presidency, or even if he wants to. Suu Kyi is a force to be reckoned with, retaining huge popularity (the NDL won 80 per cent of the vote in last year's elections) and an international reputation as one of the world's longestserving political prisoners.

Burma, with its lively media and civil society, is today a far cry from the brutal military dictatorship that held sway for decades. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.