The Straits Times: Suu Kyi’s party stays mum on choice for president

JAN 24, 2016 Nirmal Ghosh  | Indochina Bureau Chief In Bangkok

The son-in-law of former Myanmar strongman Than Shwe is among the military appointees named to state legislatures and the country’s new Parliament, which will convene on Feb 1. Brigadier-General Thein Naing has been appointed to the Yangon legislature.

Under Myanmar’s junta-era 2008 Constitution, 25 per cent of seats in both Houses of Parliament and state and regional legislatures are reserved for the military – a footprint that in effect allows it to veto any amendment to the Constitution.

But with a Nov 8 landslide electoral win, the National League for Democracy (NLD) controls both Houses – and now all eyes are on who will be the country’s next president.

POLITICAL ARRANGEMENT

“Aung San Suu Kyi has made clear that the next president will largely be in name, a political arrangement that will require the acceptance of the commander-in-chief and the military,” Mr Nyantha Maw Lin, managing director (Myanmar) of consultancy firm Vriens & Partners.

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