Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday congratulated U Htin Kyaw on being elected Myanmar’s new president, saying both leaders will work together to strengthen bi-lateral relations.
Congratulations and best wishes to U Htin Kyaw on being elected President of Myanmar! Will work together to strengthen India-Myanmar ties.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 15, 2016
Myanmar’s parliament on Tuesday elected U Htin Kyaw of the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party of Nobel laureate Aung Saan Suu Kyi as the new president. He will be the first civilian to lead the country after over 50 years of military rule.
U Htin Kyaw, a 69-year-old academic, is known as a long-time and close associate of NLD leader Suu Kyi.