August 19, 2016


MPs to elect president, vice presidents today

U Htin Kyaw andTHE Pyidaungsu Hluttaw will vote to select the next president from among three final candidates today.
The vote comes after yesterday’s announcement by the parliament that the candidacy of all three nominees has been approved by a final scrutiny committee.
U Htin Kyaw won six of the seven votes cast by the seven-member committee. When U Htin Kyaw’s candidacy was put to the vote, Maj-Gen Than Soe, a military-appointed MP and committee member suggested that the candidate’s qualifications be scrutinised in accordance with Article  3(g) concerning the Election of the President and Vice Presidents clause of the constitution since the candidate is not an MP.
Concerning candidate U Henry Van Thio, the Maj-Gen also suggested to define “the State’s permission” at the Constitutional Tribunal of the Union of Myanmar regarding the candidate’s six-year stay abroad with his family.
U Henry Van Thio won six votes with one objection and was approved by the committee for the presidential election.
U Myint Swe, the presidential candidate nominated by the Tatmadaw-appointed MPs, was also approved by the scrutiny committee. The winner of today’s voting will become president, and the two runners-up will become vice presidents. —Myanmar News Agency


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