Myanmar new president to be sworn in on Wednesday

09:55, March 30, 2011      

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Myanmar's elected new president U Thein Sein and two vice presidents -- U Tin Aung Myint Oo and Dr. Sai Mauk Kham will be sworn in to office Wednesday in Nay Pyi Taw, official sources said Tuesday.

The swearing-in of the new leaders will signify the transfer of power from the military government to the elected civil government, turning to a new era for the country after a multi-party general election was held on Nov. 7, 2010.

The new government will have 30 union ministers with 34 union ministries.

According to the new state constitution, the name of Myanmar is the Republic of Union of Myanmar. President is the head of state and the government.

With Nay Pyi Taw designated as the country's capital standing as a union region directly under President's administration, the country's inalienable administrative regions are demarcated as seven regions and seven states of national races as well as five self-administered zones of ethnic minorities and one self- administered division of another minority.

The Union Parliament comprises House of Representatives and House of Nationalities. The legislative power is shared by union parliament, region or state parliament as well as self- administered zones' or divisions'.

Under the constitution, politically, it pursues a multi-party system and the military will participate in the leading role in the country's national politics.

Economically, it adopts a market-oriented economic system, while in foreign relations, Myanmar practices an independent, active and non-aligned foreign policy and maintain friendly relations with foreign nations, upholding the principles of peaceful coexistence among nations.

Source: Xinhua
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