Close Suu Kyi confidant elected Myanmar's president


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Parliament picks confidant of Aung San Suu Kyi for top post as their NLD party prepares to take power on April 1.

Htin Kyaw, a close confidant of Myanmar's Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, has been chosen to be the country's new president.

Htin Kyaw, 69, was elected president on Tuesday by parliament as the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) party prepares to take power on April 1.

Because Aung San Suu Kyi was married to a foreign national, she was constitutionally unable to become president, though she has stated she will be in charge of the government.

Until last week, Htin Kyaw was hardly a household name and most people in Myanmar would not have seen him becoming president of the country's first democratically elected government in more than a half-century.

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