Former driver nominated for Myanmar President

NAYPYIDAW: On Thursday, Aung San Suu Kyi’s party designated her previous driver to be Myanmar’s next president.

Suu Kyi has sworn to rule “above” the president, notwithstanding being barred from top office by the establishment, as she strives to achieve the vast obligation brought by millions of voters in her National League for Democracy’s (NLD) landslide election victory in November.

The assortment of Htin Kyaw, an amiable 69-year-old who went to school with Suu Kyi and today aid runs her benevolent foundation, comes after months of excited hearsay.

Even her own MPs were kept in the dark about the thoughts, with the party fearful of distressing an elusive political change in a state where the military still casts a long shadow.

This is an important step in implementing the desires and expectations of voters who enthusiastically supported the NLD, Suu Kyi said in a statement published on her party website early Thursday, asking people to support the party’s goal “peacefully”.

She is barred by a contract article that bans anybody with close foreign relations. Her late husband and two sons are British.

I would like to propose U Htin Kyaw, from the NLD, said Khin San Hlaing, a lower house MP for Suu Kyi’s NLD, which will also nominate another candidate from the upper house.

However Htin Kyaw is nearly sure to settle the proposal with support from the NLD-dominated parliament, his authorized sanction may take days. Several in Myanmar have adhered to dim expectations that the 70-year-old egalitarianism activist could still be named president, but months of discussions with the influential army have botched to eliminate the lawful difficulties in her way.

Two other candidates will be put into view, one from the upper house and the supplementary from the army, which still reins a sector of the government.

A concluding vote of the joint houses will then regulate which will become the president, parting the other two as vice presidents.