Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw resigned on Wednesday, two years after taking charge. Htin Kyaw is a close friend of the country’s de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and was the country’s first president in over 50 years to have no ties to the Army.
Htin Kyaw became the president of Myanmar in March 2016 after Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy won the election. Suu Kyi was made the state counsellor, a title created for her since she is constitutionally banned from presidency as the provision requires the president, their spouse and children to hold Myanmar nationalities. Suu Kyi’s sons and late husband are British citizens.