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Win Myint

Win Myint

Win Myint
ဝင်းမြင့်
 
2nd Speaker of the House of Representatives
Incumbent
Assumed office
1 February 2016
Deputy T Khun Myat
Preceded by Shwe Mann
Member of the Pyithu Hluttaw
Incumbent
Assumed office
1 February 2016
Preceded by Lei Lei Win Swe (USDP)
Constituency Tamwe Township
Member of the Pyithu Hluttaw
In office
2 May 2012 – 29 January 2016
Preceded by Than Tun
Succeeded by Wai Hlaing Tun (NLD)
Constituency Pathein Township
Member-elect of the Pyithu Hluttaw
Preceded by Constituency established
Succeeded by Constituency abolished
Constituency Danubyu № 1
Majority 20,388 (56%)
Personal details
Born November 8, 1951
Nyaungbingyaung village, Danubyu, Burma
Nationality Burmese
Political party National League for Democracy
Relations Tun Kyi (father)
San (mother)
Alma mater Rangoon Arts and Science University
Occupation Politician and lawyer
Religion Theravada Buddhist

Win Myint (Burmese: ဝင်းမြင့် [wɪ́ɴ mjɪ̰ɴ]; is a Burmese politician, former political prisoner, incumbent Speaker of the House of Representatives, and currently serving as a Pyithu Hluttaw MP for Tamwe Township. In the Burmese general election, 1990, he was elected as an Pyithu Hluttaw MP, winning a majority of 20,388 (56% of the votes), but was never allowed to assume his seat.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in geology from the Rangoon Arts and Science University.  In 1985, he became a High Court advocate. The part of this article below taken from dw.com.

Myanmar elects Win Myint as new president

Myanmar’s parliament has elected an ally of de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi as president. Htin Kyaw abruptly resigned as president last week. 

Myanmar’s parliament on Wednesday elected Win Myint as president, a week after Htin Kyaw announced his sudden resignation.

The 66-year-old ally of de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been speaker of the lower house of parliament since 2016, shortly after the National League for Democracy (NLD) swept November elections the previous year.

Last week, Win Myint resigned as speaker of the lower house to become vice president. This paved the way for him to be elected president, who is chosen from three vice presidents by a sitting of both houses of parliament. 

He won 403 votes from the 636 lawmakers in a vote largely split along NLD and military lines.

Military holds sway

Myanmar’s military ruled the country for nearly half a century until a partial transition to democracy in 2016. The military still controls security. Under the constitution, it maintains 25 percent of seats in parliament and three security positions in the Cabinet.

Both Win Myint and Htin Kyaw are close allies of Suu Kyi, who is barred from the presidency under 2008 military-drafted constitution. Instead, the Nobel laureate holds the title of state counselor, a position she has described as “above the president.” She is also the chairperson of the NLD.

Win Myint enters the presidency as the country is under international pressure over allegations of ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims. Suu Kyi apparent defense of the military’s counterinsurgency campaign and rights abuses against Rohingya has tarnished the image of the pro-democracy leader.

Meanwhile, the civilian government has had difficulty implementing a national reconciliation project, with the military continuing fighting against multiple long-running insurgencies. ဝင်းမြင့် Win Myint 2

Darling of democracy

The daughter of Myanmar’s assassinated founding father, Aung San Suu Kyi returned to her home country in the 1980s after studying and starting a family in England. She became a key figure in the 1988 uprisings against the country’s military dictatorship. Her National League for Democracy (NLD) was victorious in 1990 elections but the government refused to honor the vote.

Speculation is rife that Win Myint may try to carve out more powers for himself, which is allowed under the constitution but effectively blocked by Suu Kyi. However, Khin Zaw Win, the director of the Tampadipa Institute, a policy advocacy group, said the new president will remain under the control of Suu Kyi. “To those who are asking, he will be forever Aung San Suu Kyi’s henchman,” he said. “I don’t expect much change in the presidency, unless Win Myint puts the country’s interests before Aung San Suu Kyi’s and that of the military.” Win Myint allleaders

Who is Win Myint?

Win Myint was born in the Irrawaddy Delta in 1951. He studied geology in Yangoon before becoming a lawyer in the 1980s. He joined the NLD when it was founded around pro-democracy protests in 1988. He had been jailed several times under military rule, including following the 1988 protests.

His son died during his time in prison. “I do not bear a grudge against the military, but I want my son with me on a day like this,” he said after taking the position of speaker of parliament in March 2016. In 1990, Win Myint won a seat in parliament for the NLD in an election that was quickly nullified by the military. He was also elected in 2012 and 2015. He has been a member of the NLD central committee since 2010.

 

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