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Myanmar parliament elects first civilian president in decades 15 March 2016 From the section Asia Myanmar's parliament has elected Htin Kyaw as the next president, the first civilian to lead the country after more than 50 years of military rule. Htin Kyaw is a close ally of Aung San Suu Kyi, whose National League for Democracy (NLD) party swept to victory in historic elections in November. He beat another NLD candidate and one put forward by the military. Ms Suu Kyi is barred from the post due to a constitutional clause, but has said she would be above the president. View the full article