Hopes rest on new president to reinvigorate govt

Hopes rest on new president to reinvigorate govt

President Win Myint has been sworn in as Myanmar's new president, raising hopes that with him at the helm government administration will be strengthened and revitalised.

"Policy won't change, but his election promises a new era of accelerated economic and political reform under the NLD [National League for Democracy] government," an independent Myanmar analyst, Thet Aung Min Latt, told the Bangkok Post.

Win Myint overwhelmingly won the presidential election on Wednesday. At a joint sitting of the Lower and Upper houses including the military MPs -- serving soldiers, nominated by the commander in chief and who make up a quarter of the parliamentarians -- Win Myint received 403 of the 636 votes, defeating his rivals the other two vice-presidents, Myint Swe and Henry Van Thio, with 211 and 18 ballots respectively.

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Larry Jagan

Former BBC World Service News Editor

Larry Jagan is a specialist on Myanmar and a former BBC World Service News Editor for the region.

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