November 19, 2015, Myanmar's parliamentary speaker Shwe Mann (L) and Chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD) Aung San Suu Kyi (R) shake hands before their meeting at parliament in Naypyidaw. / AFP / YE AUNG THU
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Myanmar's parliament meets Thursday to put forward presidential candidates, some four months after Aung San Suu Kui's National League for Democracy (NLD) swept landmark elections.Under the country's complex junta-drafted constitution, three names will be put forward but the NLD's candidate will almost certainly be the winner. Suu Kyi is barred from the presidency for having foreign-born children but has vowed to rule "above" a proxy leader.Tin Myo Win Suu Kyi's charismatic family doctor was one of the few people allowed to see her during some 15 years she spent under house arrest during the junta era.Tin Mar Aung Suu Kyi's personal assistant shares many traits with Tin Myo Win -- she too is a trained doctor and close ally of the NLD leader.Observers have long-speculated that Shwe Mann could be a compromise candidate who could bridge the divide between Suu Kyi and the military that still stands in the way of full-scale democracy.
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