Elected MPs in the Lower House on Friday selected Win Myint, the chamber’s former speaker, as its pick for vice president and concurrently its presidential nominee, in a landslide vote that has locked in his status as Burma’s presumptive next president.
The Lower House will begin the process of nominating its candidate for Burma’s next president during a parliamentary session on Friday, with that individual likely to be elected to the country’s top civilian post in the coming days.
Lawmakers in the Lower House elected T Khun Myat as their speaker on Thursday, and the chairman of the chamber’s Bill Committee Tun Tun Hein to serve as his deputy, just one day after it was announced that T Khun Myat’s predecessor was stepping down.
According to an agenda for the Lower House’s 22 March parliamentary session, lawmakers in the chamber are due tomorrow to select a speaker to replace Win Myint, who abruptly stepped down from the post on Wednesday.
The speaker of Parliament’s Lower House, Win Myint, has resigned his post, with word of his stepping down coming shortly after the President’s Office announced that President Htin Kyaw would be resigning effective immediately.
The lower house of parliament approves a bill to amend Burma’s infamous Electronic Transactions Law, a widely unpopular piece of legislation which was routinely used by the previous ruling military junta to jail political activists.
Despite public protest urging lawmakers to reject a bill amending Burma’s Peaceful Assembly and Procession Law, the Upper House of Parliament gave its seal of approval to the contentious legislation on Wednesday.