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Myanmar swears in Htin Kyaw as first civilian president in 50 years

Myanmar swears in Htin Kyaw as first civilian president in 50 years

Myanmar has sworn-in Htin Kyaw as the country’s first civilian president in half a century, a man who is expected to act as a proxy for Aung San Suu Kyi in her fight to end the army’s grip on power.

The 69-year-old, dressed in the National League for Democracy (NLD) party’s orange shirt, took an oath during a short ceremony and suggested that the junta-drafted constitution that barred Aung San Suu Kyi from the presidency will be changed.

“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,” he told members of parliament.

“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,” he added. Read more

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