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Myanmar's New President Htin Kyaw

Myanmar's first president without ties to the military in more than half a century has been sworn into office. Here are some details about the new head of state, Htin Kyaw:

  • Close friend and confidant of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi
  • Expected to act as proxy for Suu Kyi, who is barred from the presidency
  • Has vowed to amend the constitution to adhere to "democratic standards"
  • Son of Min Thu Wun, a respected Burmese author and poet
  • 70 years old