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Obama’s Statement on Myanmar’s Inauguration of President U Htin Kyaw

March 30 – Obama congratulated President Htin Kyaw on his inauguration as president of Myanmar and look forward to working with him and the new government. Obama said “Htin Kyaw’s inauguration represents a historic milestone in the country’s transition to a democratically elected, civilian-led government. This extraordinary moment in Myanmar’s history is a testament to its people, institutions, and leaders who have worked together to ensure a peaceful transfer of power, and it speaks to the significance of the reforms the country has undertaken since 2011. Myanmar will face significant challenges going forward, including achieving broad-based economic development, advancing national reconciliation, and promoting the rights and freedoms of all its people. The United States looks forward to being a friend and partner of the new government and the people of Myanmar as they make progress toward building a more inclusive, peaceful, and prosperous future”.

All New Election Commission and Constitutional Tribunal

March 28 – Pyidaungsu Hlttaw approved the five member of the new Union Election Commission and the nine-member Constitutional tribunal of the Union. Hla Thein will be head. Hla Thein was a retire rector of Meiktila University. He is currently Chairman of Meiktila District Election Commission. For the nine member Constitutional Tribunal of the Union, it will be headed by Myo Nyunt. Myo Nyunt, 72, is currently a judge in charge of Bago regional high court.

71st Armed Forces Day

To mark 71st Armed Forces day, a military parade was held at Nay Pyi Taw. Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-Chief of Defence Services addressed the military personnel present. In the evening, Min Aung Hlaing hosted the dinner to celebrate the Armed Forces Day. Outgoing President Thein Sein, incoming President and the first lady, together with Vice Presidents and their wives, Chief of General Staff (Army, Navy and Air) as well as past and present senior military officers attended the dinner.

Inauguration Dinner of the New President

March 30 – Htin Kyaw, President and the first lady hosted a dinner on the lawn of Presidential Palace in Nay Pyi Taw on the evening of the inauguration day. Aung San Su Kyi, Vice President Myint Swe and wife, Vice-President Henry Van Thio and wife, Commander-in-Chief of Defense Services and wife, Chairman of the Constitutional Tribunal, Chairman of the Union Election Commission, Union Ministers, Chief Ministers, Chairs of parliamentary committees, foreign ambassadors and other invitees attended the dinner.

New National Defense and Security Council

March 30 – The new government has just formed National Defense and Security Council. Its members are include Aung San Suu Kyi, the foreign minister, Hitn Kyaw, the President, Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, along with the two vice presidents, Deputy Commander-in-Chief, Union Ministers for Home Affairs, Defense and Border Affiairs