Myanmar swears in first elected civilian president

    Myanmar swears in first elected civilian president

    March 30, Naypyidaw: Myanmar's new president has been sworn in, the first elected civilian leader after more five decades of military rule in the country.

    Htin Kyaw from the National League for Democracy (NLD) takes over from Thein Sein, who introduced wide-ranging reforms during his five years in power.

    In a ceremony in the parliament on Wednesday, democracy icon and leader of the ruling party Aung San Suu Kyi was sworn in as minister of foreign affairs, education and energy, and will also hold the president's office portfolio.

    Although Suu Kyi is barred from the presidency, she has said she will rule by proxy.

    The handover completes the transition that began after the NLD won a landslide win in elections in November.

    Thein Sein became president of a quasi-civilian government in 2011 - ending decades of military rule -and is credited with starting the reform process in Myanmar, also known as Burma.

    Myanmar has been under military or military-dominated rule since a coup in 1962, and the elections in November which brought the new government to power were the first openly contested polls since 1990.

    The Oslo Times


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