Suu Kyi close aide voted Myanmar's next president

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Naypyidaw (Myanmar) (AFP)

Myanmar's lawmakers Tuesday elected a close aide and longtime friend of Aung San Suu Kyi to become the country's first civilian president in decades, in a historic moment for the formerly junta-run nation.

Htin Kyaw, 69, won 360 of 652 votes cast by Myanmar's two legislative chambers, paving the way for him to serve in place of the Nobel laureate who is constitutionally barred from becoming president.