Yangon Correspondent: Htin Kyaw and Henry Van Toi, candidates scrutinized by Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and her NLD party were selected by the upper and lower houses of the Burmese parliament on Friday as presidential nominees.
It is hoped that Armed Forces of Burma will propose their candidate early coming week after the nominations for the presidential elections concluded.
The parliament is set to decide in a plenary conference to be held next week who will become the next Burma president for the coming five years.
Htin Kyaw elected by the lower house and Toi, selected by the upper house, met the today’s expectations because the NLD has a majority in both lawmaking bodies after its landslide election win on Nov. 8, 2015.
The Armed Forces’ members, who have a quarter of seats reserved in the house under the 2008 Constitution, did not take part in the nominations as the military has its own candidate.
Giving Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy holds 78.9 percent in the lower house and 80.4 percent in the upper house, it can be expected that the coming State leader will be Htin Kyaw who is a close friend of Suu Kyi and the two defeating candidates will become the vice presidents of the country.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who languished 15 years of house arrest during the army tyranny government, would have been chosen for the role but banned from the post because of the 2008 Constitution.
A clause in the constitution was drafted and approved by the earlier military rule that barred Suu Kyi from ever becoming the head of State owing to granting the armed forces enough legislators to arbitrate against any constitutional amendments.
According to the argumentative proviso, a Burmese person who got married with a foreigner or has children of other nationalities can never become the country.
Burma was ruled by military regimes from 1962-2011. Fortunately, if Kyaw is elected, he will become the first ever civilian elected president in 54 years, defeating current president Thein Sein, a general who was the first prime minister of the most recent military junta.