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Τρίτη, 15 Μαρτίου 2016

Myanmar Elects First Civilian President in Decades


They’re serious about democracy. Htin Kyaw, a childhood friend and advisor to Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, was elected to the Myanmar presidency today by parliament. He and Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy won by a landslide last autumn, but the human rights campaigner — famously under house arrest for 15 years — is constitutionally barred from being president. She says she’ll remain in charge, and there’s speculation she’ll be named prime minister. Kyaw, meanwhile, assumes his new role on April 1.