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Thursday, 10 March 2016 12:11

Party nominates Suu Kyi’s ex-driver for Myanmar president

Party nominates Suu Kyi’s ex-driver for Myanmar president
The party of Myanmar’s democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has nominated her former driver and close friend for president.

Myanmar’s National League for Democracy (NLD) announced 69-year-old Htin Kyaw as the party’s nominee for the post on Thursday.

Under Myanmar’s constitution, Suu Kyi herself is banned from holding the executive office because her children are foreign nationals and not Myanmarese citizens.

For the past several weeks, Suu Kyi is believed to have held closed door talks with the powerful military generals to suspend a constitutional clause that bars her from presidency.

The Thursday announcement signals the end, at least for now, of Suu Kyi's longtime ambition to be Myanmar's leader but many analysts say Kyaw will act as her proxy.

EA

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