Obama hails 'extraordinary moment' in Myanmar as new leader sworn in

 30 Mar 2016 - 15:55

Obama hails 'extraordinary moment' in Myanmar as new leader sworn in
New Myanmar President Htin Kyaw (L) and outgoing president Thein Sein shake hands after the handover ceremony at the presidential palace in Naypyidaw on March 30, 2016. AFP / POOL / YE AUNG THU


Washington: US President Barack Obama on Wednesday hailed the swearing-in of Myanmar's new president Htin Kyaw, a close aide to Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, as an "extraordinary moment" as the country emerges from military rule.

"Htin Kyaw's inauguration represents a historic milestone in the country's transition to a democratically elected, civilian-led government," Obama said in a statement.

AFP