U Win Myint elected as Myanmar's new president: parliament

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The presidential election was contested among three vice presidents, namely U Myint Swe, U Henry Van Thio and U Win Myint.

NAY PYI TAW, March 28 (Xinhua) -- U Win Myint, former Speaker of the House of Representatives, was elected as Myanmar's new president in the presidential run on Wednesday, the Union Parliament announced.

The parliament is expected to announce the date of the swearing-in to office of the elected president and two vice presidents on Thursday when the parliament session continues.

U Win Myint (R), former speaker of the House of Representatives (Lower House), attends a session of Myanmar Union Parliament in Nay Pyi Taw March 28, 2018. U Win Myint has been elected as Myanmar's new president, according to a parliament announcement. (Xinhua/U Aung)

U Myint Swe won 211 votes and U Henry Van Thio gained 18 votes.

U Win Myint became the country's 10th president since 1948.

In the election, U Myint Swe and U Henry Van Thio remained as the first and second vice president respectively, according to their votes received.

U Win Myint won the election with 403 votes as a total of 636 MPs cast their votes in the Union Parliament. Of the votes cast, four were cancelled.

The presidential run was hosted by the Union Parliament to fill the presidency vacancy left by U Htin Kyaw, who announced resignation last week, citing health as reason.