A trusted aide of Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday sailed through a lower house vote to be Myanmar’s presidential nominee, clearing a key hurdle to becoming the country’s first civilian leader in generations.
Htin Kyaw, a respected writer who helps run Suu Kyi’s charitable foundation, was seen as the democracy veteran’s top choice to act as her proxy.
One further vote of approval from the combined houses is needed before he can officially be anointed leader of the nation that has been run by the military for decades.
This is one more step on a Long way to democracy in Myanmar!
Picture by AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo