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Suu Kyi aide sworn in as Myanmar president in historic power shift

Naypyidaw

MYANMAR entered a new era on Wednesday as Aung San Suu Kyi's democracy movement took power after 50 years of military domination, with a close aide of the Nobel Laureate sworn in as president.

Htin Kyaw, a school friend and confidante of the democracy champion, succeeds former general Thein Sein who has helmed reforms that have transformed Myanmar from hermit state to an unexpected political and economic hope story.

Ms Suu Kyi, 70, is barred from becoming president by the junta-scripted constitution but has declared that she will steer the government anyway. Mr Htin Kyaw is expected to act as her proxy.

The handover at the junta-built parliament in the capital Naypyidaw marks the final...

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