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Tuesday, 15 March 2016 - 11:20
Myanmar Parliament Voting On New President
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Myanmar's parliament has begun electing a new president, who is almost certain to be the first civilian to lead the country in more than 50 years.

They are choosing between three candidates put forward by the upper and lower houses and the military.

The winner is widely expected to be Htin Kyaw, a close ally of Aung San Suu Kyi whose National League for Democracy (NLD) party swept to victory in historic elections in November.

Ms Suu Kyi is barred from the post.

A clause in the constitution widely seen as being tailored against her says anyone whose children have another nationality cannot become president. Her children hold British passports.

Despite weeks of negotiation, the NLD were unable to persuade the military of Myanmar - also known as Burma - to remove or suspend the clause to allow Ms Suu Kyi to take office.

But she has always said that she would run the country anyway, with the president effectively acting as a proxy.

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