Wednesday, March 30, 2016

New Government sworn in Myanmar

Myanmar has sworn in its first civilian-dominated government in more than half a century. The military-backed transitional administration handed over power on March 30 to a successor led by Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy. The handover ceremony confirmed that Suu Kyi would be taking on no fewer than four departmental portfolios in the new administration — foreign affairs, energy, education and the president’s office.

The constitution, drafted and approved by the powerful military, had blocked her from becoming the presidency. Nonetheless, she vowed to rule above the man picked as president, Htin Kyaw, which was reflected in the speech by Mr. Htin Kyaw.

In the sworn-in ceremony, Mr Htin Kyaw spoke for only a few minutes, outlining NLD priorities such as national reconciliation and constitutional change. He also acknowledged the authority of his party leader, who has openly said she will make all the important decisions herself. “The new parliament and new government is formed in accord with the policies of the National League for Democracy led by Aung San Suu Kyi,” he said. “I have the obligation to work toward achieving a constitution that has democratic norms and is suitable for the nation.”

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