Burma’s President-elect Htin Kyaw told parliament on Monday the decision to reorganise the country’s administrative structure was to save money which could be used on other sectors.
Students jailed after police violence in 2015 say the election of a military hardliner as Burma’s new vice president could spell a revision to the country’s political reforms.
While parliament’s vote for a civilian president is greeted with optimism, the appointment of a junta-era figure to first vice-president concerns many.
Min Aung Hlaing congratulated incoming president Htin Kyaw and pledged cooperation, after he was elected as the country’s ninth president.
A special sitting of Burma’s Union Parliament elected Htin Kyaw as the country’s first democratically-elected president since 1962.
Burma moves another step closer to choosing its next president and vice-presidents.