Presidency vacancy shall be filled within seven days
A meeting on electing a candidate for the presidency, which was vacated on Wednesday by U Htin Kyaw, will be held today at the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw in Nay Pyi Taw.
At the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw meeting yesterday, Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than urged members to submit their names by 23 March to become members of the Presidential Electoral College, which will scrutinise the vice-president selected by representatives of the Pyithu Hluttaw. The president will then be elected from among the vice presidents.
U Htin Kyaw, who resigned from his post in order to take a rest from his duties, was elected by the group of Pyithu Hluttaw representatives about two years ago.
Before the announcement, Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than also announced that Pyidaungsu Hluttaw documented a message from Acting President U Myint Swe informing the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw to fill the vacant seat of the President in accordance with Sub-section (b), Section (73) of the Constitution as President U Htin Kyaw has resigned from his post on 21 March 2018.
Sub-section (b), Section (73) of the Constitution says that when a vacancy for the presidency happens during the session of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, the vacancy shall be filled within seven days.
At the beginning of the meeting of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than read out the letter of resignation of President U Htin Kyaw in which U Htin Kyaw said he has resigned from his post of his own volition as he wants to take a rest from his current duties with effect from 21 March 2018. The President or any of the Vice-Presidents shall be allowed to resign from office of his own volition before the expiry of the term of office, according to the Section (72) of the Constitution and Section (131) of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Rule.
Pyidaungsu Hluttaw also documented the resignation of President U Htin Kyaw.
Thura Zaw, Mi Mi Phyo/MNA