Myanmar's ruling party secures 2 seats of presidential candidates
Updated: 2016-03-11 14:41
Central executive committee member of the National League for Democracy U Htin Kyaw arrives for the opening of the new parliament in Naypyitaw February 1, 2016.[Photo/Agencies]
NAY PYI TAW -- Myanmar's two Houses Friday elected U Htin Kyaw and U Henry Van Htee Yu of the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) as two of three vice presidents to be submitted to the two-House Union Parliament for a presidential race after qualification scrutiny.
U Htin Kyaw, elected by the group of presidential electoral college of the House of Representatives (Lower House), won against Dr. Sai Mauk Kham, nominated by the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) by a vote of 274-29.
U Henry Van Htee Yu, elected by the group of presidential electoral college of the House of Nationalities (Upper House), won against U Khin Aung Myint, nominated by the USDP by a vote of 148-14.
Meanwhile, the military MPs, which account for 25 percent in the parliament, elected U Myint Swe, current Yangon Region chief minister, as the other vice president for the presidential run.
The parliament set three groups representing the two Houses and military MPs to nominate one final candidate each for the presidential run and through voting, the one that wins the most number of votes, will take the presidency, while the remaining two will become vice presidents.