Aung San Suu Kyi ruled out of President

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Myanmar’s National League for Democracy (NLD) has named its candidates to be president, confirming that its leader Aung San Suu Kyi is not a contender.

Ms Suu Kyi failed to persuade the military to allow a clause barring her from the presidency to be overruled.

Under the clause she cannot be leader as her sons are British, not Burmese.

But she has vowed to lead from the sidelines instead. The candidate thought most likely to become president, Htin Kyaw, is a close aide.

The NLD, which won a landslide in November, has named Htin Kyaw as its lower house nominee for vice president, and Henry Van Thio, an MP from the Chin ethnic minority, as its upper house nominee.

Both houses will choose between the NLD’s candidates and those from other parties, but because the NLD holds a majority in both houses, its candidates are likely to be chosen.

The winner from each house will then enter a second vote to decide the president of the country. A military nominated candidate will also compete in this vote.

The two losing candidates will become vice-presidents. It is not clear when the votes will take place.

Correspondents say Htin Kyaw is almost certain to be elected president by the NLD-controlled parliament.

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