Myanmar swears in first civilian president after 56 years

Myanmar’s new president has been sworn in, the first elected civilian leader in more than 50 years.

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. Although NLD leader Aung San 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. Htin Kyaw, said he would be “faithful to the people” of Myanmar, as he took the oath of office in a joint session of parliament in the capital Nay Pyi Taw.

Most of the ministers belong to the NLD. The list includes Suu Kyi who will be in charge of foreign affairs, the president’s office, education, energy and electric power.

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