The new president-elect is sworn into office in Myanmar, the first in 50 years without ties to the army. Julie Noce reports.
An historic moment in the Myanmar capital Wednesday as president elect Htin Kyaw of the National League for Democracy party is sworn into office. Htin Kyaw is a close friend of Aung San Suu Kyi who is the party leader, and was hand picked by her to run the government. The constitution bans Suu Kyi from holding the position herself. During an address to the chamber, Htin Kyaw reiterated Suu Kyi's message of unity. Our constitution will promote national reconciliation, he said. And bring internal peace and better lives to the people. Htin Kyaw is the country's first president with no military ties in more than 50 years. Members of the NLD were emotional at the scale of the achievement as many of them were jailed or like Suu Kyi herself, put under house arrest. (SOUNDBITE) (Burmese) UPPER HOUSE LAWMAKER, THIRI YADANA, SAYING: "When I heard the new civilian president's speech, the speech was so beautiful, the whole parliament and the country were shown words we have never heard before and feelings we have never felt before." Suu Kyi is poised to steer the government from within overseeing education, foreign affairs, electric power and energy, and the president's office. Htin Kyaw runs a charity founded by Suu Ky and is not a lawmaker.