Myanmar Swears In First President With No Army Ties

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Yangon: Myanmar’s parliament swore in the first president with no military ties in more than half a century on Wednesday, after Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) swept to power following a landslide election win in November.

Htin Kyaw, a close friend and confidant of the Nobel peace prize laureate, was hand-picked by her to run Myanmar’s government because a constitution drafted by the former junta bars the democracy champion from the top office.

In a short address to the chamber following an official oath-taking ceremony, Htin Kyaw reiterated Suu Kyi’s stance on the importance of changing the 2008 charter, which entrenches the military’s powerful position in the country’s politics.

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“Our new government will implement national reconciliation, peace in the country, emergence of a constitution that will pave the way to a democratic union, and enhance the living standard of the people,” said Htin Kyaw, sporting the NLD’s traditional burnt orange jacket.

“We have the duty to work for the emergence of a constitution that is appropriate for our country and also in accordance with democratic standards.”

Reuters

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