Myanmar’s new president makes a lot of promises

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Myanmar’s new president Win Myint, formerly speaker of the House of Representatives

Myanmar’s new president Win Myint , a loyalist of National League for Democracy leader, Myanmar State Counselor and former democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, who was elected as successor for a hapless and unconvincing Htin Kyaw, gave his inaugurations speech on March 30, vowing to improve democratic structures in Myanmar, implement human rights and carry on with political, judicial and bureaucratic reforms.

“By applying the lessons learned from the challenges and crises we have experienced in the past, our government will try its best, with full impartiality, to bring about democracy and the respect for human rights that our people long for,” Win Myint said.

Laying out a roadmap for the remaining three years of the National League for Democracy-led government’s current term, the president also vowed to crack down on corruption and the illegal drug trade. He also committed to improve the lives of farmers, workers and students.

Win Myint emphasised the need for all parties to be open to change if the country’s democratic transition is to succeed. He warned that “close supervision would be imposed on departments reluctant to make changes,” referring to the fact that some department officials loyal to the previous government had resisted implementing changes ordered by the new government.

The 67-year-old acknowledged that Myanmar today faces “problems in every sector,” while challenges mount both at home and abroad.

“While it’s impossible to tackle them all, I will do my best to prioritise them,” he said.

Win Myint assumes the presidency at a time when Myanmar indeed faces both domestic and international challenges. At home, peace with ethnic armed groups continues to prove elusive, and the economy is in decline due to mismanagement. And while the country now has a democratically elected civilian government, the military retains a strong influence.

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Myanmar’s new president Win Myint, formerly speaker of the House of Representatives

Myanmar’s new president Win Myint , a loyalist of National League for Democracy leader, Myanmar State Counselor and former democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, who was elected as successor for a hapless and unconvincing Htin Kyaw, gave his inaugurations speech on March 30, vowing to improve democratic structures in Myanmar, implement human rights and carry on with political, judicial and bureaucratic reforms.

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Myanmar’s new president Win Myint, formerly speaker of the House of Representatives

Myanmar’s new president Win Myint , a loyalist of National League for Democracy leader, Myanmar State Counselor and former democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, who was elected as successor for a hapless and unconvincing Htin Kyaw, gave his inaugurations speech on March 30, vowing to improve democratic structures in Myanmar, implement human rights and carry on with political, judicial and bureaucratic reforms.

“By applying the lessons learned from the challenges and crises we have experienced in the past, our government will try its best, with full impartiality, to bring about democracy and the respect for human rights that our people long for,” Win Myint said.

Laying out a roadmap for the remaining three years of the National League for Democracy-led government’s current term, the president also vowed to crack down on corruption and the illegal drug trade. He also committed to improve the lives of farmers, workers and students.

Win Myint emphasised the need for all parties to be open to change if the country’s democratic transition is to succeed. He warned that “close supervision would be imposed on departments reluctant to make changes,” referring to the fact that some department officials loyal to the previous government had resisted implementing changes ordered by the new government.

The 67-year-old acknowledged that Myanmar today faces “problems in every sector,” while challenges mount both at home and abroad.

“While it’s impossible to tackle them all, I will do my best to prioritise them,” he said.

Win Myint assumes the presidency at a time when Myanmar indeed faces both domestic and international challenges. At home, peace with ethnic armed groups continues to prove elusive, and the economy is in decline due to mismanagement. And while the country now has a democratically elected civilian government, the military retains a strong influence.

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