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Suu Kyi Ruled Out as Myanmar President

The National League for Democracy (NLD) in Myanmar named two presidential candidates on Thursday as the country begins the process of selecting a new leader. The NLD named Htin Kyaw, a close adviser to party leader Aung San Suu Kyi, as its lower house nominee for vice president. The party has also named Henry Van Thio, an MP from the Chin ethnic minority, as its upper house nominee. Both houses will choose between the NLD candidates and one nominated by the military. The two candidates who lose will serve as vice president. The nominations confirm Suu Kyi will not be elected as president by the NLD-controlled parliament, but she has previously said she would serve in a role “above” the president. Under the military-drafted constitution, Suu Kyi is barred from the presidency because her sons have British passports.