Hoping against hope


With three vice-presidents having been elected by secret ballot by three separate entities at three different places on the same day, the presidential race is expected to start at the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (Union Parliament) on 15 March albeit unconfirmed. The Electoral College has given the green light to their eligibility for the presidential contest.
At the Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House) yesterday, U Htin Kyaw won the vote against incumbent Vice President Dr Sai Mauk Kham of the Lashio constituency, nominated by the Union Solidarity and Development Party. Of 317 votes, there were 274 votes for and 29 against his election, with 14 ineligible votes.
The Amyotha Hluttaw (Upper House) chose U Henry Van Thio of the Chin State constituency as its presidential contender by 148 votes to 13, with six ineligible votes. His contender was USDP’s nominee U Khin Aung Myint of the Mandalay Region constituency 8, former Amyotha Hluttaw speaker.
The military representatives unanimously voted for former Lt-Gen Myint Swe, who is also incumbent Yangon Region Chief Minister, as one of the three vice-presidential contestants.
The finalised three vice presidents will run for presidency, presumably on Tuesday, with the one with overwhelming votes will be elevated to presidency, whereas the remaining two will act as the first and second vice presidents.
Nevertheless, one thing we can be sure of is that the presidential race is on in a matter of days. We should keep in mind that there are times when we have to hope against hope that unexpected things in life tend to happen at any unexpected time.

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