Win Myint elected as new President of Myanmar

Myanmar’s parliament elected Win Myint, a loyalist of Aung San Suu Kyi, as the new President, while the latter retained her executive authority over the government.

The vote comes as Ms Suu Kyi’s civilian government has struggled to implement peace and national reconciliation, with the powerful military still embroiled in combat with ethnic rebels and under heavy international criticism for its brutal counter-insurgency campaign against the Muslim Rohingya minority.

Win Myint, a close aide of Aung San Suu Kyi, has been a speaker in the lower house since 2012 and was widely tipped for the top job.

Key points:
Capital: Naypyidaw
State Counsellor: Aung San Suu Kyi

Source: The Hindu


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