U Htin Kyaw sworn in as Myanmar’s president
U Htin Kyaw of the National League for Democracy (NLD), led by Aung San Suu Kyi, was sworn in as Myanmar’s new President.
NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi was appointed as Myanmar’s new foreign minister, Xinhua reported.
She was unable to become president because of a constitutional block even though she led her National League for Democracy party (NLD) to a landslide win in general elections in November, 2015.
Suu Kyi will also hold three other portfolios, it was decided in the presence of parliament Speaker U Mann Win Khaing Than.
Military-assigned first vice president U Myint Swe and elected second vice president of the NLD U Henry Van Thio were also sworn in to office.
Htin Kyaw is known among political commentators as a party insider with close ties to Suu Kyi going back many decades, including as one of her classmates at high school in Yangon. The 69 year old is the son of a famous poet cum writer, Min Thu Wan, who ran as an NLD candidate in the 1990 elections.
Htin Kyaw is a close confidant of Myanmar’s Nobel Peace laureate Suu Kyi and longtime member of NLD.