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Myanmar's NLD names presidential candidates

Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 01:11

Myanmar's National League for Democracy nominates Aung San Suu Kyi's close friend as a presidential candidate. Natasha Howitt reports.

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Myanmar's National League for Democracy has, after a four-month wait, announced their presidential candidates. As expected, it is not Aung San Suu Kyi - the party leader, banned from becoming president by the consitution. She has said she will run the country through a proxy - and that proxy will almost certainly be Htin Kyaw. (SOUNDBITE) (Burmese) NATIONAL LEAGUE FOR DEMOCRACY MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT, PHYU PHYU THIN SAYING: "We have high hopes for him (Htin Kyaw). He was chosen by our party. I have been working together for many years with Htin Kyaw. We have made so many sacrifices such as spending time in prison. That's why I believe in him. I'm happy for him." Htin Kyaw has been a confidant of Suu Kyi's since the mid-1990s. Under Myanmar's indirect system for electing a president, three candidates are nominated - one from the lower house, one from the upper house and one from the military. The winner of a vote, expected as early as Monday, will become the new president, and the losing two will become the vice presidents. The NLD's parliamentary majority in the two houses means they can essentially choose Myanmar's next leader.

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Myanmar's NLD names presidential candidates

Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 01:11