Myanmar’s president resigns for ignoring duties

Myanmar's president resigns for ignoring duties

YANGON (Reuters) : Myanmar’s civilian president Htin Kyaw has resigned right away in order to take rest from the current duties and responsibilities, office said in a statement posted on Wednesday.

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.

The president is the head of state and government in Myanmar and under the constitution has far-reaching powers. However, Htin Kyaw’s role was more ceremonial because Aung San Suu Kyi has been Myanmar’s de facto leader since April 2016.

The president’s office did not explain Htin Kyaw’s resignation. The president’s office quoted that steps would be taken to replace him within seven working days.

Aung Shin said that the next president will be an NLD member or one who suits with NLD policy. The current vice-president cannot be the next president, according to the constitution.

 

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