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Myanmar to Get New President


FILE - This combination of file photos shows Htin Kyaw (l) Henry Van Hti Yu, center, candidates for president from the National League for Democracy party, and Myint Swe, the military's candidate for president.

FILE - This combination of file photos shows Htin Kyaw (l) Henry Van Hti Yu, center, candidates for president from the National League for Democracy party, and Myint Swe, the military's candidate for president.

Myanmar is set to get a new president Tuesday.

The country's parliament will hold a historic vote to pick the new leader from a group of three candidates.

The vote comes as the formerly army-ruled nation transitions towards its first civilian government in decades.

Among the candidates is Htin Kyaw, a childhood friend and longtime confidant of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

Under Myanmar's complex constitution, the president is chosen from three candidates - one put forward by each of the two legislative chambers and a third proposed by the military, that is reserved a quarter of the seats in parliament.

Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy party won overwhelming majorities in both houses of parliament in the November 8 general election. Its lawmakers are expected to confirm the party nominee Htin Kyaw as the country's next leader.

Myanmar's constitution bars the veteran activist Suu Kyi from becoming president because of a clause that excludes anyone with a foreign spouse or children. Suu Kyi's two sons are British, as was her late husband. The clause is widely seen as having been written by the military with Suu Kyi in mind.

Aung San Suu Kyi has said she will be "above'' the president and rule from behind the scenes, meaning that the new leader would effectively be her proxy.

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