Yangon Correspondent: The Ex-driver and best friend of the democratic leader, Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma has been nominated by party for president.
The 69-year-old Htin Kyaw as the party’s nominee for the position of President was announced by Burma’s National League for Democracy (NLD) on Thursday. Suu Kyi herself is barred from holding the executive office in accordance with the Burma’s constitution since her children are foreign nationals and not Burmese citizens.
Suu Kyi had been believed to have held closed door dialogues with the powerful military generals for the last several years to suspend a constitutional clause that bans her from presidency. The announcement made on Thursday indicates the end, minimum for now, of Suu Kyi’s longtime goal to be Burma’s leader but many analysts say that Htin Kyaw will act as her substitute.
An upper house NLD lawmaker, Kyaw Thiha said on Thursday that the new president will take instructions from Suu Kyi, the NLD leader. She will not be able to become the president of Burma but it doesn’t actually matter because she will be controlling everything and be the one to control us, said Kyaw Thiha.
Aung San Suu Kyi has earlier said, even with the election of someone else as president, she will be the genuine leader and will have a position “about the president. On last November, NLD won about 80 percent of contested parliamentary seats more than the two-thirds it required to control the parliament and choose the president.
Burma has a tortuous structure for selecting a president based on which three candidates are nominated – one by the lower house, one by the upper house, and one by the military coalition in the parliament. A parliamentary commission vets the candidates and both houses will then vote in a combined session. The vote winner will become president and the defeating nominees will take up the positions of vice president.
The Burma’s National League for Democracy that controls both houses of parliament, nominated Htin Kyaw from the lower house and Henry Van Hti Yu, an ethnic Chin minority, from the upper house.
To select the president, the parliament is placed to hold the vote later on this month and the president picked will take over from outgoing Thein Sein on 1st of April.
Htin Kyaw’s father is experienced NLD member, Min Thu Wun. His wife is a NLD lawmaker now, whose late father was once party’s spokesperson.
Htin Kyaw used to go to school with Suu Kyi and once he was her driver. He has been working as a part of Suu Kyi’s internal ring and presently runs her charity. He is a graduate of economics and has taught at university for years.
That is not still obvious how NLD’s party leader, Suu Kyi will rule through Htin Kyaw in the coming government and some say that she may take up the position of foreign minister, which will give her both a position in the cabinet and a seat in the army-controlled Security Council.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has sworn to generate a government of national reconciliation, but she has ignored the plight of Burma’s Rohingya minority. The Rohingyas, whose settlement in the western Rakhine state for centuries, have been subjected to systematic persecution by the extremist Buddhists since Burma’s independence in 1948.
Burmese Muslim candidates were banned from participating in Burma’s parliamentary elections and the Rohingya Muslims were also barred from their franchise.