Suu Kyi confidante elected as Myanmar president

Mar 15, 2016, 9:03 AM EDT
Aung San Suu Kyi addressing the members at the European Parliament in 2013.
(Source: European Parliament/flickr)

Htin Kyaw is the country's first civilian leader after over 5 decades of military rule. Suu Kyi was barred from running but has said she will lead the country anyway. Indeed, Htin Kyaw stated that his election was "Aung San Suu Kyi's victory".

However, Suu Kyi maintained her usual discretion. BBC News reports:

But if she was enjoying it , or reflecting on the sacrifices that were made to get here, Ms Suu Kyi gave no indication. Just as she has done since the election in November, the former pro-democracy campaigner avoided the media and made no public comment. 

The November election was historic, marking both the first time a freely-held ballot took place in 25 years and a landslide victory by the then-opposition National League for Democracy (NLD). CNN adds:

 Suu Kyi herself was reelected to her seat in the Kawhmu constituency in Yangon.

Htin Kyaw will take office on April 1.

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