Burma’s parliament has named Htin Kyaw as the country’s next president.
Htin Kyaw is a writer, scholar and a close ally of Aung San Suu Kyi, who is barred from being president by the constitution.
The United States was quick to congratulate Htin Kyaw on his election as Burma’s next president and being the country’s first civilian leader.
“The presidential election is another important step forward in Burma’s democratic transition, and we commend the people and institutions of Burma who continue to work together to ensure a peaceful transfer of power after the November 2015 elections,” said US Secretary of State John Kerry in a statement.
Kerry added that the US remains committed to supporting the people of Burma in their ongoing pursuit of democracy, development, and national reconciliation, and looks forward to working with the new National League for Democracy-led government to make additional progress on these key issues.
“We continue to encourage political and civil leaders to work together in the spirit of national unity and reform,” Kerry said.