Mandalay Region chief minister, Ethnic Affairs Minister sworn in

Ethnic Affairs Minister Sai Kyaw Zaw takes the oath at Mandalay Region Parliament. Photo: Aung Thant Khaing
Ethnic Affairs Minister Sai Kyaw Zaw takes the oath at Mandalay Region Parliament. Photo: Aung Thant Khaing

MANDALAY Region Chief Minister Dr Zaw Myint Maung and Ethnic Affairs Minister Sai Kyaw Zaw were sworn in yesterday in the presence of the Speaker of the Mandalay Region Hluttaw and parliamentarians.
In his inaugural speech, the new Mandalay Region Chief Minister called on regional lawmakers to strive for the abolition of laws set up to oppress the people and the enactment of laws ensuring better protection of civil rights.
Next, the chief minister and the speaker visited the Chief Minister’s Office, where they met with staff.
There was no handover ceremony of chief ministerial duties from outgoing Chief Minister U Ye Myint to his successor on Wednesday, according to sources in Mandalay Region.
The outgoing Mandalay Region government did not arrive at the regional office where the new Chief Minister and his party were waiting for the transfer of duties until 6pm on 30 March, said Dr Zaw Myint Maung, the new chief minister for Mandalay Region.
He denied that the handover of chief ministerial duties was not held owing to the absence of the next regional government led by the new Chief Minster.
“We waited for the handover until 6pm on that day. We were informed by the Chief Minister’s Office in the evening that there would not be handover ceremony as the President’s Office did not give any instruction about that,” Dr Zaw Myint Maung told reporters after the swearing-in ceremony at the Mandalay Region parliament yesterday.
Although he did not receive notes or a phone call regarding the transfer of duties, I will begin my duties at the Chief Minister’s Office as we waited until 6pm on that day, he added.
“I think there should be a handshake between the outgoing and incoming chief ministers to mark the transfer of duties,” said U Sai Kyaw Zaw, the new Ethnic Affairs Minister for Mandalay Region.
A representative of the former chief minster wrote a Facebook status saying a computer and furniture purchased by the former chief minister were left for the new chief minister, and the room has been cleaned.—Aung Thant Khaing

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