Myanmar parliament voting on new president


Myanmar's parliament has begun electing a new president, who is almost certain to be the first civilian to lead the country in more than 50 years.

They are choosing between three candidates put forward by the upper and lower houses and the military.

The winner is widely expected to be Htin Kyaw, a close ally of Aung San Suu Kyi whose National League for Democracy (NLD) party swept to victory in historic elections in November.

Ms Suu Kyi is barred from the post.