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Myanmar Parliament Set To Elect New President Following Htin Kyaw’s Surprise Exit

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Myanmar’s vacant presidential position will be filled up by re-election in the Union Parliament within seven working days, according to a statement from the President’s Office on Wednesday, March 21, 2018.

The statement was a follow-up of the earlier one which announced President U Htin Kyaw’s resignation out of his own wish of taking rest.

First Vice President Myint Swe will serve as acting president according to the constitution until the parliament re-elects the president, U Zaw Htay, Director-General of the President’s Office said.

He said the resigned president recently underwent a surgical operation in Singapore successfully and is enjoying good health but he insisted on his decision for the move.

The 72-year-old, Kyaw was elected as president on March 30, 2016, after Aung-San Suu-Kyi-led National

League for Democracy won the 2015 general election with absolute majority votes.

Meanwhile, Win Myint, the speaker of Myanmar’s House of Representatives (Lower House), will also resign as announced by the Deputy Speaker, Khun Myat during the parliamentary session on Wednesday.

The vacant post of speaker of the House of Representatives shall first be filled within seven days before the presidential re-election, Dr Hla Moe, parliament member from Aung Myay Thar Zan constituency, Mandalay region said.

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