Myanmar president Htin Kyaw resigns

Myanmar president Htin Kyaw resigns

The president of Myanmar Htin Kyaw has resigned, his office has announced.

No reason was given, but there have been growing concerns in recent months about the 71-year-old’s health after he appeared frail at official functions.

Htin Kyaw was sworn in as president in 2016 after landmark elections which ended decades of military leadership.

But he was essentially a ceremonial leader, with long-time opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi acting as de facto president.

The statement posted on the presidency’s Facebook page said Htin Kyaw wanted to “take a rest”.

Vice-President Myint Swe, a former general, would act as president until a new president is chosen within seven days, it said.

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