U Htin Kyaw won the vote against Sai Mauk Kham, nominated by the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), by 274-29. U Htin Kyaw is a key aide of NLD chief Aung San Suu Kyi, he childhood friend who helps her run her charitable foundation in  Myanmar. For a while he also worked as her driver.

Since Myanmar's new Constitution bars Suu Kyi from contesting the presidential poll because she married a British national, she has put up U Htin Kyaw as the ruling NLD's presidential candidate, who is likely to win.

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