Win Myint sworn-in as new President of Myanmar

Henrietta Strickland
April 2, 2018

Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lt. Gen. Kyaw Swe Minister of Home Affairs, Lt. Gen. Sein Win as Minister of Defence and Lt. Gen. Ye Aung as Minister for Border Affairs, Xinhua news agency reported.

"I pledge to strive for the major objectives of the Union government: rule of law; an improvement in socioeconomic conditions; national reconciliation and peace; and constitutional reform, which lays the foundation for building a democratic federal union", said Win Myint in an inaugural speech that followed his swearing in.

First vice president Myint Swe, a military nominee and second vice president Henry Van Tio, an upper house parliament nominee, took oaths alongside him.

Suu Kyi and the powerful army chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing watched the swearing-in.

The new president also emphasized the development of the media sector to serve the people. Her two sons are British.

Ms Suu Kyi said when her government took office that she would be "above the president".

Win Myint, 66, was sworn-in as the President earlier in the day after he was elected by Parliament to replace Htin Kyaw, who resigned last week over health concerns.

Myanmar's new President Win Myint reshuffled his 27-member cabinet on Friday. "Though everything will not be solved easily, I will try my best to solve the problems and prioritise them".

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