The president of Myanmar, Htin Kyaw, has stepped down, saying he is “taking a rest” following health issues.His resignation comes at a precarious time for Myanmar and Aung San Suu Kyi.
Suu Kyi is under immense pressure from the international community to address
the genocide as termed by the UN in Rakhine state which has led to an exodus of 700,000 Rohingya Muslims over the border to Bangladesh.
Htin Kyaw and state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi are childhood friends and his resignation will weaken state counsellor
,who is constitutionally barred from the presidency.
Htin Kyaw was nominated as president by Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy,
in 2016 and she exerted much of her influence through him.