Burma's new democratic parliament selects first civilian president in a half century

March 15, 2016 6:06 AM

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Burma's new democratic parliament selects first civilian president in a half century

RANGOON — Burma’s parliament on Tuesday chose Htin Kyaw, a longtime adviser to Aung San Suu Kyi, as president of the first civilian government in the Southeast Asian nation in decades.

Htin Kyaw, 69, an executive committee member of a Suu Kyi-led foundation, will be sworn in on March 30 at a crucial time in Burma’s history, as the country shifts from military-backed government to a civilian one lead by Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party.

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