Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Suu Kyi Loyalist and Friend Elected Myanmar's President

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Suu Kyi Loyalist and Friend Elected Myanmar's President

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NAYPYITAW, Myanmar * Myanmar's parliament elected Htin Kyaw as the country's new president Tuesday in a watershed moment that ushers the longtime opposition party of Aung San Suu Kyi into government after 54 years of direct or indirect military rule.

The joint session of the two houses of parliament broke into thundering applause as Speaker Mann Win Khaing Than announced the result: "I hereby announce the president of Myanmar is Htin Kyaw, as he won the majority of votes." Immediately, the state-run Myanmar TV's camera zoomed in on a beaming Suu Kyi, sitting in the front row, clapping excitedly, for a live nationwide audience.

Htin Kyaw, 70, a longtime confidant of Suu Kyi, will take office April 1 but questions remain about his position and power.

Rightfully, the job belonged to Suu Kyi, who has been the face of the pro-democracy movement and who endured decades of house arrest and harassment by military rulers without giving up on her nonviolent campaign to unseat them. …

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