Myanmar has sworn in its first civilian-elected president after 50 years.
The National League for Democracy candidate, Htin Kyaw, won the election and takes leadership from Thein Sein, who has been instrumental in reforming his country in his 5 years in power.
NLD leader Aung San Suu is barred from contesting for the presidency but she said that her ruling will be done by proxy.
The handover has completed the transition that started in November after a landslide election win by NLD.
The newly sworn in Myanmar’s first civilian-elected has promised to be faithful to the citizens.
New cabinet ministers and vice presidents Henry Van Thio and Myint Swe lost in the presidential contest. They were also sworn in.
The military will be allowed to appoint its own nominees to lead 3 key ministries – home affairs, defense and border affairs.
Who is Htin Kyaw?
- Htin Kyaw is 69 years and is a close aide of Ms Suu Kyi
- His university education he got it from UK. His reputation is honesty and loyalty and in most cases he prefers maintaining a low profile
- His father, Min Thu, is a write and a poet and was able to win a seat for NLD in the year 1990.
- Su Su Lwin is his wife and is the daughter of NLD founder and is a prominent party member.
- He has played a senior role at the Daw Khin Kyi Foundation, the charity founded in honour of Suu Kyi’s late mother, and has been frequently seen at the NLD leader’s side, serving as her driver from time to time.
In summary, the new president acknowledged that his country has its fair share of challenges including a nationwide ceasefire. Numerous ethnic groups have been conflicting with the government for decades.