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Htin Kyaw elected as Myanmar’s first civilian leader

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Htin Kyaw, a close ally of Aung San Suu Kyi, has been elected Myanmar’s first civilian leader in decades after a parliamentary ballot.

A respected writer and longtime close friend of Ms Suu Kyi, Htin Kyaw is virtually guaranteed to sweep the board, with both legislative houses dominated by the Nobel laureate’s National League for Democracy thanks to its election landslide in November.

Ms Suu Kyi was the first to cast her vote.

Myanmar is in the grip of a stunning transformation from an isolated and repressed pariah state to a rapidly opening aspiring democracy.

The military remains a powerful force in the South-East Asian nation and has refused to change a clause in the junta-era constitution that bars Ms Suu Kyi from top political office.

The veteran activist has instead vowed to rule “above” the next leader.

Her choice of Htin Kyaw to act in her place is seen as a testament to her absolute faith in his loyalty.

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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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