Htin Kyaw, a close confidant of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, is elected president by Myanmar's parliament. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
NATURAL ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). Myanmar's parliament elected a close friend and confidant of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi as president on Tuesday, making Htin Kyaw the first head of state since the 1960s who does not come from a military background. Suu Kyi led her National League for Democracy (NLD) to a landslide election win in November, but a constitution drafted by the former junta bars her from the top office. She has vowed to run the country anyway through a proxy president, and on Thursday the NLD nominated Htin Kyaw for the role. Htin Kyaw received 360 of the 652 votes cast, the parliamentary official counting the votes said. Suu Kyi, who had been the first member of parliament to vote, clapped and smiled after the result was announced. The still-powerful military's candidate, retired general Myint Swe, received 213 votes, making him the first vice president.