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Myanmar's new president marks start of more changes to come

Myanmar President Win Myint is expected to be a central member of Ms Aung San Suu Kyi's executive committee, as he is her close confidant.
Myanmar President Win Myint is expected to be a central member of Ms Aung San Suu Kyi's executive committee, as he is her close confidant.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

The election of a new Myanmar president seems to have surprised many but in fact, it has been in the pipeline for at least two months. Myanmar's top civilian leaders had decided that it was time for a change in direction and vision.

Mr Win Myint's election last month, replacing the 71-year-old Htin Kyaw, almost certainly marks the start of a new era for the country's civilian government.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 06, 2018, with the headline 'Myanmar's new president marks start of more changes to come'. Print Edition | Subscribe