Pyidaungsu Hluttaw elects new President
The Second Pyidaungsu Hluttaw elected U Win Myint as the next President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar yesterday morning in a vote by Members of Parliament in Nay Pyi Taw.
The result was 403 votes for Vice President U Win Myint, 66, who was previously nominated by elected Pyithu Hluttaw MPs, 211 votes for Vice President U Myint Swe, nominated by Tatmadaw MPs, and 18 votes for Vice President U Henry Van Thio, nominated by Amyotha Hluttaw MPs, with four votes rejected.
The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker then officially announced the election of U Win Myint as President, and U Myint Swe and U Henry Van Thio as Vice Presidents.
Of the 656 Hluttaw MPs, 636 were present, while 20 were absent.
Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than announced the commencement of the Presidential election at 10am yesterday, explaining that the President would be elected from among the three Vice Presidents in a secret ballot observed by the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker and all Pyidaungsu Hluttaw MPs. The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker also explained about the voting process, the ballots and reasons why votes might be rejected.
Pyidaungsu Hluttaw MPs then proceeded to vote for the next President by secret ballot.
After the voting, the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker announced the tallying of the votes and the ballots issued, and the election of the President and Vice Presidents, in accordance with the law. The votes received by each candidate were counted in front of a vote monitoring group consisting of one MP from each of the three hluttaws, and one representative MP each from the National League for Democracy, Union Solidarity Development Party, Arakan National Party, Shan Nationalities League for Democracy and the Tatmadaw.
Attending the event were State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Vice President U Henry Van Thio, Union Chief Justice U Htun Htun Oo, Chairman of the Constitutional Tribunal of Myanmar, the Union Election Commission Chairman, Union Ministers, the Union Attorney General, the Nay Pyi Taw Council Chairman, the Anti-Corruption Commission Chairman, the Myanmar Human Rights Commission Chairman, Pyidaungsu Hluttaw’s Legal Affairs and Special Cases Assessment Commission Chairman and members and invited guests.
The event ended after it was announced that the second Pyidaungsu Hluttaw seventh regular session 21st-day meeting was scheduled to be held on the afternoon of 29 March.—Myanmar News Agency