Myint replaces U. Htin Kyaw, Myanmar's first democratically elected president, who resigned last week amid concerns about his health over the last few months. The former is a lawyer by profession, Myanmar Times reported.
In 1981, he became a senior lawyer in the Yangon high court and went on to become the lawyer of Myanmar's top court within a few years.
Myint was first elected to the parliament in 1990, but was denied a seat by the military. He was however, successful in the 2012 by-elections and 2015 general elections.
His appointment as the new president comes at a time, when the Suu Kyi administration has been under massive pressure from the international community in handling the Rohingya crisis and the slow implementation of political and economic reforms. (ANI)