Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw steps down hinh anh 1Myanmar’s President U Htin Kyaw (Source: AFP/VNA)

Hanoi (VNA)Myanmar’s President U Htin Kyaw has resigned after two years in office, the President’s Office said in a statement posted on Facebook on March 21.

According to the notice, Htin Kyaw stepped down because he wanted to “take a rest”.

The notice said a replacement would be in place within seven working days. The parliament is in session this week, and a new president could be voted into place by the end of the week.

Vice President U Myint Swe will serve as acting president until the parliament chooses a replacement, said Chief of the President’s Office U Zaw Htay.

Htin Kyaw was elected as Myanmar’s President on March 15, 2016. He has been the first civilian President of Myanmar since 1960.-VNA