Htin Kyaw, newly elected president of Myanmar and member of the National League for Democracy (NLD) party, leaves after a parliament session in Naypyidaw on Tuesday.  Photograph: AFP

Myanmar’s parliament has appointed a close friend and ally of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi as its first civilian president in 53 years. Htin Kyaw (...)

Aung San Suu Kyi attends a meeting at the Sibin Guesthouse, where many of the NLD members of parliament live. Photograph: Lauren DeCicca/Getty Images

Aung San Suu Kyi will not become president of Myanmar but instead her NLD party has named a close friend, Htin Kyaw, as its favoured candidate. The (...)

Myanmar’s National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrives for the opening of the new parliament in Naypyitaw. Lawmakers  will form Myanmar’s ruling party, with enough seats to choose the first democratically elected government since the military took power in 1962. Photograph: Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters

After an historic day yesterday when pro-democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi entered Myanmar’s parliament, the southeast Asian nation focused on ap(...)

National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi leaves after the last day of the parliament’s lower house regular session. Photograph: Ye Aung/AFP/Getty Images

Myanmar will form its first democratically elected government since the military junta took power in 1962 when opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi over(...)

 A handout picture made shows Burmese president Thein Sein (L) shaking hands with Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (R) during their meeting at the president’s office in the capital Naypyitaw on Wednesday. Photograph: EPA/Myanmar News Agency

Burma’s democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi held talks with president Thein Sein on Wednesday, the first of two key meetings as her election-winning party(...)

A  shop selling  calendars with the images of Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. People in Rangoon did not foresee that her party would win by  such a huge and decisive majority. Photograph: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

The immense change in Burma (Myanmar) over the past decade is evident to the repeat visitor before they even step off the plane in Rangoon (Yangon). T(...)

Aung San Suu Kyi: In a phone call, US president Barack Obama “commended her for her tireless efforts and sacrifice over so many years to promote a more inclusive, peaceful and democratic Burma”, the White House said. Photograph: Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has won a majority in Burma’s parliament, the election commission said on Friday, giving it enough seats to elect i(...)

There is little doubt that, although counting is continuing, Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy (NLD) have won a famous victory on(...)

Supporters of Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party cheer as they watch the first official results. Photograph:  Ye Aung/AFP/Getty

US president Barack Obama called Burma’s leader Thein Sein to congratulate him on Thursday on the staging of a historic general election, in which dem(...)

Fans with portraits of Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi for sale outside the National League for Democracy  party headquarters in Rangoon on Wednesday. Photograph: Romeo GacadAFP/Getty Images

Burma’s president Thein Sein congratulated democratic champion Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday, as her party appeared to have trounced the ruling camp i(...)

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