Myanmar's parliament elects Htin Kyaw, a close confidant of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, as the new head of state. Natasha Howitt reports.
After a four month wait, Myanmar's parliament has chosen a new president. Htin Kyaw is a close confidant of Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the National League for Democracy who is barred from the position herself. He was chosen by the party and Suu Kyi to be her proxy. (SOUNDBITE) (Burmese) MYANMAR PRESIDENT, HTIN KYAW, SAYING: "Today's result is because of the love of the people for her. It is the victory of my sister Aung San Suu Kyi and the people." Lawmakers said the choice was promising. (SOUNDBITE) (Burmese) LAWMAKER FROM NATIONAL LEAGUE FOR DEMOCRACY AUNG KYI NYUNT SAYING: "At this time, our country needs a person who really can work and negotiate among the different groups. We are very lucky that we got someone who has that skill.." The November elections and the outcome of the presidential vote signal a break from the military past, but the junta remains powerful. The position of vice president was secured by their nominee. Htin Kyaw will now pick a cabinet, which will take office on the 1st of April.