Suu Kyi's party names choices to lead Myanmar parliament

The pro-democracy party in Myanmar led by Aung San Suu Kyi has announced ethnically diverse choices for legislative leadership as it prepares to take over the government from a military-backed party after parliament convenes Monday.

National League for Democracy executive Win Thein told reporters Thursday that it will nominate a member of the Burman ethnic majority for lower house speaker and an ethnic Kachin for his deputy. It will propose a Karen for speaker of the upper house, and an Arakanese for his deputy. The proposed deputies come from other parties.

The NLD easily won last November's general election, allowing it to unseat the Union Solidarity and Development Party. Suu Kyi is constitutionally barred from taking the presidency, and has vowed to rule from behind the scenes through a proxy.