U Htin Kyaw, has been elected as the ninth president of the Union of Myanmar through votes by Union Parliament. He secured 360 votes.

Kyaw is the first civilian to hold the country’s President post in more than half a century. He is a longtime confidante of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. 

Suu Kyi has vowed to rule through a proxy president because she is barred from top office by the army-scripted constitution, AFP had earlier reported. 

Many welcomed the news and congratulated him.

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