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With Htin Kyaw now formally sworn in as president, DVB spoke to some prominent figures about what they would like to see under his five-year administration.
Khin Lay, founder of Triangle Women Support Group
“We would like the new government to tackle corruption. We are personally acquainted with the new president, U Htin Kyaw, so we know about him well. The new government with leadership from Daw Aung San Suu Kyi should find a way to alleviate corruption.
Maung Moe Thu, renowned writer
“The two most important things I believe necessary for a president are honesty and determination. U Htin Kyaw not only has these two traits but is also the son of my teacher and I am absolutely delighted about his presidency.”
Thin Thin Aung, co-founder of the Women’s League of Burma
“We now have a civilian government led by a real civilian and this is an important first step in Burma’s democratisation. There are still many steps ahead and the people of Burma should all contribute where they can to the government’s undertaking, instead of just monitoring. That way, we can look to peace and development in the country.”
Wunna, editor of the Tomorrow News Journal
“Our publication long ago predicted that U Htin Kyaw was likely to become the president and recently we published a report titled, ‘U Htin Kyaw, the last man standing in the search for president,’ so we are delighted that our prediction came true, that our analysis truly reflected the people’s will. We believe U Htin Kyaw will be successful in leading Burma during his five-year term in office.”