Tears flow as Myanmar swears in first president with no army ties in more than 50 yea




 
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Tears flow as Myanmar swears in first president with no army ties in more than 50 yea
 
March 30th, 2016  
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Tears flow as Myanmar swears in first president with no army ties in more than 50 yea
By Hnin Yadana Zaw and Aung Hla Tun NAYPYITAW/YANGON (Reuters) - Members of Aung San Suu Kyi's victorious National League for Democracy (NLD) were in tears on Wednesday as Myanmar swore in its first president with no military ties in more than half a century. Htin Kyaw, a close friend and confidant of the Nobel peace prize laureate, was hand-picked by her to run Myanmar's government because a constitution drafted by the former junta bars the democracy champion from the top office. In a short address to the chamber, Htin Kyaw reiterated Suu Kyi's stance on the importance of changing the 2008 charter, which entrenches the military's powerful position in politics, and called for national reconciliation.




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