Myanmar president resigns ‘to take a rest’

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Myanmar’s civilian president, Htin Kyaw, resigned with immediate effect “in order to take rest from the current duties and responsibilities”, his office said in a Facebook statement on March 21.

The move follows months of rumours of Kyaw’s suspected ill health, to which the governing party repeatedly responded by saying it would take legal action against people spreading those.

However, Aung Shin, less a president than a spokesman for Myanmar’s de-facto leader Aung Suu Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party, said that 71-year old Htin Kyaw would indeed step down due to ill health.

According to the country’s constitution, the more senior of two vice presidents will stand in as president until a new leader is elected by parliament within seven working days. This means that Myint Swe, who was the military’s appointment for vice-president, will become acting president.

Htin Kyaw is Suu Kyi’s childhood friend and long-time advisor and also was her some-time driver. He was widely seen as quiet and dependable and someone she could trust entirely.

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Myanmar’s civilian president, Htin Kyaw, resigned with immediate effect “in order to take rest from the current duties and responsibilities”, his office said in a Facebook statement on March 21.

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Myanmar’s civilian president, Htin Kyaw, resigned with immediate effect “in order to take rest from the current duties and responsibilities”, his office said in a Facebook statement on March 21.

The move follows months of rumours of Kyaw’s suspected ill health, to which the governing party repeatedly responded by saying it would take legal action against people spreading those.

However, Aung Shin, less a president than a spokesman for Myanmar’s de-facto leader Aung Suu Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party, said that 71-year old Htin Kyaw would indeed step down due to ill health.

According to the country’s constitution, the more senior of two vice presidents will stand in as president until a new leader is elected by parliament within seven working days. This means that Myint Swe, who was the military’s appointment for vice-president, will become acting president.

Htin Kyaw is Suu Kyi’s childhood friend and long-time advisor and also was her some-time driver. He was widely seen as quiet and dependable and someone she could trust entirely.

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