Who could be Myanmar's next president?

NLD supporters at a rally on Nov 5, 2015.
NLD supporters at a rally on Nov 5, 2015.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

Since the National League for Democracy (NLD) ousted the ruling military-backed government in historic November elections in 2015, the Aung San Suu Kyi-led party has revealed little about who would lead Cabinet ministries, control the legislature and hold other top jobs.

As the new parliament is set to convene on  Monday, Feb 1, the most-anticipated decision is who the NLD will put forward as president, a position Ms Suu Kyi is constitutionally barred from holding. The president will be chosen in March in a vote by the new MPs.

Observers have thrown up a few names and these are some of them:

1. Mr Aung Kyi Nyunt, 65

The lawyer by training was re-elected for the Upper House in November for Magwe's constituency No.4.

In an analysis by Mr Chit Win, a PhD scholar at the Australian National University's Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, Mr Aung Kyi Nyunt is described as an NLD whip inside the legislature whose prior approval is sought by Upper House lawmakers before they raise any questions or motions inside the House.

Mr Aung Kyi Nyunt is known to be a bold legislator who can defend or reject any issues, according to the article published in the New Mandala hosted by the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs.

2. Dr Tin Mar Aung

Little is know about her, but the doctor by profession is Ms Suu Kyi's chief of staff which means she wields considerable power as The Lady's assistant.


3. Dr Tin Myo Win, 64

He is Ms Suu Kyi's personal physician who is widely known to be a close confidante of the democracy icon.

An NLD loyalist and former political prisoner, Dr Tin Myo Win was one of the few people allowed to visit the Nobel Peace Prize winner during her 15 years as a prisoner of the military.

In an interview with Reuters last year, he seemed bemused at the prospect of being considered president.

"My job is cutting and sewing - I am a surgeon," he said then.

4. Mr Win Htein, 75

He is an outspoken central executive committee member, former Myanmar army officer, ex-political prisoner and aide to Ms Suu Kyi.

5. Dr Aung Tun Thet

He is currently the President's Economic Advisor and also a member of the President's National Economic and Social Advisory Council.

6. Dr Thant Myint-U, 49

Dr Thant Myint-U was named one of the "100 Leading Global Thinkers" of 2013 by the Foreign Policy Magazine. PHOTO: ST FILE

A historian and adviser to President Thein Sein, Dr Thant Myint-U is a grandchild of United Nations Secretary-General U Thant.

He was named one of the "100 Leading Global Thinkers" of 2013 by the Foreign Policy Magazine, and labelled one of 50 "World Thinkers" by Prospect Magazine of 2014.

7. Mr Tin Oo, 90

Mr Tin Oo has said that he is reluctant to be President. ST PHOTO: NIRMAL GHOSH

Party patron and former military commander-in-chief who has emphatically said he does not want the post.

Sources: Myanmar Times, Reuters, Bloomberg, Frontier Myanmar