(From AFP)

Myanmar will not know who its new president will be until at least mid-March, an official said Monday, as speculation swirls over who will serve as proxy for democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Suu Kyi (C) says her party’s sweeping victory gives her a mandate to rule ‘above’ the next president

The cut-off point for presidential candidate proposals will be March 17, Win Khaing Than, the speaker of Myanmar’s combined houses of parliament told lawmakers Monday.

That means voters will have to wait more than four months to discover who the new president will be after they delivered a thumping victory for Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party in landmark November polls.

Suu Kyi is currently barred from top political office by a junta-era constitution because her children and spouse were foreign born.

The announcement prolongs anxiety over who will take over the presidency from outgoing general-turned-reformer Thein Sein at the end of March, as Myanmar looks to shrug off decades of military domination.

Suu Kyi has insisted her party’s sweeping victory gives her a mandate to rule “above” the next president.

She has yet to indicate her choice of proxy leader. Read More

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