Myanmar swears in Suu Kyi ally as president

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He promised to implement the political objectives with perseverance.

NLD lawmakers were emotional at the scale of the achievement after decades of struggle, including years when many of them were jailed or, like Suu Kyi herself, put under house arrest.
In effect, Suu Kyi’s party – which won a three-fourths majority in the parliament – will have to cohabit with the military, which has directly or indirectly ruled India’s northeastern neighbour for 54 years. Only time will tell how Ms. Suu Kyi is going to improve her country’s democratic credentials and bring succour to the poor and the persecuted minority. However, Suu Kyi said that whoever takes over the office will be her proxy.
In 2012, she competed in a by-election and won a parliamentary seat with the NLD in the Lower House.
The upper house of parliament is expected to sit on Friday, when the Bill could be tabled for debate.
India on Wednesday welcomed Myanmar’s metamorphosis towards democracy under Nobel Peace Prize victor Aung San Suu Kyi, who will have to grapple with the long shadow of the armed forces hovering over the fledgling elected government.
If Htin Kyaw succeeds, it could mark a new chapter in the former pariah state’s transition to a booming emerging market.
But his comments about the constitution resonated the most with both lawmakers and citizens alike.
The spokesman explained that this new role would require no change to the constitution, just the approval by parliament, which the NLD overwhelmingly controls.
“He pointed to what we need to do-amend the constitution”, said Phyo Maung Maung Win, a professor at the University of Medical Technology.
The ceremonial handover of presidential responsibilities was held at the Presidential Palace on Wednesday morning, when the outgoing Thein Sein handed over responsibilities to the newly sworn-in President Htin Kyaw, Suu Kyi’s pick to nominally head the executive.
Thein Sein will assume his former position as chairman of the USDP, said former information minister Ye Htut.
In the portfolio appointments, Aung San Suu Kyi was named as Minister of Foreign Affairs and appointed to three other ministerial posts.
Human rights groups say a new constitution is crucial to Myanmar’s overall democratization.
Suu Kyi also mentioned to Izumi building water transportation systems in Myanmar’s rivers, the source said.
Despite the restriction Ms Suu Kyi, who remains hugely popular and prominent in Myanmar, has vowed to act “above the president”. “Having peace is still depends on the military”.
They will form the Southeast Asian nation’s first elected civilian government in generations, marking an extraordinary new chapter for a society suffocated for decades by military rule.