Naypyidaw, March 10: Myanmar was taken by surprise when its revered leader Aung San Suu Kyi nominated her former driver for the presidential position. Suu Kyi herself is not allowed to contest the elections under the junta-drafted 2008 constitution, as her children are not Myanmar citizens.
The Nobel laureate, hence, has decided to rule above the President, to fulfil the huge mandate delivered by millions of voters who led to her victory in her National League for Democracy's landslide election.
Khin San Hlaing, a lower house MP for Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy said,"I would like to propose U Htin Kyaw, from the NLD." The part will also nominate a candidate from the upper house.
The nomination of Htin Kyaw came after a huge speculation after the party. Kyaw went to school with Suu Kyi and now helps her run her charitable foundation.
In fact, the members of the party themselves were kept in the dark about the nomination, for the fear of causing unrest in a transitional phase where politics in the country is still dominated by the military.