Myanmar new government takes office

08:18, March 31, 2011      

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By Feng Yingqiu

With the swearing-in of Myanmar's elected president U Thein Sein and two vice presidents at the parliament house here Wednesday, the union-level new leadership took over the power from the military government.

The power was transferring through an announcement issued by the former ruling State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) and signed by its chairman Senior-General Than Shwe.

While declaring the abolishment of the former ruling body, the SPDC announced the hand-over of the three powers -- executive, legislative and judicial powers to respective persons of different levels of the new government.

The sworn-in new president U Thein Sein made his first speech in the parliament, calling for national reconsolidation to build a modernized nation.

Thein Sein stressed the need to build the nation with three main forces -- political, economic and defense.

Despite the fact that some people do not accept the seven-step roadmap, he extended invitation to cooperate on the basis of mutual benefit, saying that peace bridge is open to them.

He vowed to adopt the market-oriented economic policy to build an industrialized nation, encouraging the private sector, inviting foreign investment and introducing suitably laws and provisions for better development.

In the military affairs, he pledged to build a modernized armed forces. As for foreign affairs, he said the country will pursue an independent and non-aligned policy and endeavor to improve relations in the international community.

He maintained that foreign pressure on Myanmar should stop now, emphasizing the need for all political forces in the country to cooperate.

Meanwhile, General Min Aung Hlaing, former Chief of General Staff of the Army, Navy and Air Force, took over as new Commander- in-Chief of Myanmar Defense Services, replacing Than Shwe who had long been in the post for 19 years since 1992.

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