With the election of a civilian President, Burma’s slow march towards real democracy takes a decisive step. True, Htin Kyaw had never been elected to anything in his life before yesterday’s triumph, and until last week he was unknown outside a small circle. The only reason he will take over at the end of the month as Burma’s Executive President is because his close friend, Aung San Suu Kyi, whom he has known since they were at school together, is barred by the constitution from doing so, and she picked him to be her proxy. Before November’s general election, she made it clear that if her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), won and she was unable to persuade the outgoing government to amend the constitution, she would rule anyway, “above the president”. That is clearly what she now intends to do.