U Htin Kyaw sworn in as president
President U Htin Kyaw took his oath of office at the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw yesterday. Afterward, he delivered the inaugural speech in which he said his government will strive to amend the current constitution, which was passed in the referendum in 2008.
“I am responsible for the emergence of a constitution that will be in accord with the democratic norms suited to our country. I am also aware that I need to be patient in realising this political objective, for which the people have long aspired,” said the president.
He said his government will seek to implement four policies: national reconciliation; internal peace; the emergence of a constitution that will produce a democratic, federal union; and the improvement of the quality of life of the majority of the people.
Following the swearing-in ceremony at the parliament, a ceremony marking the handover of presidential duties from outgoing President U Thein Sein to incoming President U Htin Kyaw was held at the Credentials Hall of the Presidential Palace in Nay Pyi Taw.
During the ceremony, President U Thein Sein presented his successor with official documents, a gold sash and a presidential insignia. After the ceremony, outgoing President U Thein Sein cordially greeted incoming President U Htin Kyaw. The two vice presidents, U Myint Swe and U Henry Van Thio, were also sworn in at the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw yesterday.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the chairperson of the ruling National League for Democracy, was also sworn in yesterday together with other Union ministers and officials.
Suu Kyi will lead four ministries: foreign affairs, education, electric & energy and the President’s Office.
Mahn Jonny, the new chief minister of Ayeyawady Region, told reporters that the NLD-led government is ready to work in the interests of the people. He added that he will work to strengthen the rule of law as a priority.—GNLM