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Htin Kyaw sworn in as Myanmar's president

  • Htin Kyaw, second right, takes oaths as Myanmar's new president during a sworn-in ceremony in Myanmar's parliament in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Wednesday, March 30, 2016. Htin Kyaw, a confidante of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, was sworn in Wednesday as Myanmar's president. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

    Htin Kyaw, second right, takes oaths as Myanmar's new president during a sworn-in ceremony in Myanmar's parliament in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Wednesday, March 30, 2016. Htin Kyaw, a confidante of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, was sworn in Wednesday as Myanmar's president. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)  (The Associated Press)

  • Htin Kyaw, left, newly elected president of Myanmar walks with National League for Democracy party leader Aung San Suu Kyi, center, to attend a sworn-in ceremony at parliament in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Wednesday, March 30, 2016. Htin Kyaw, a trusted friend of Nobel laureate Suu Kyi, took over as Myanmar's president Wednesday, taking a momentous step in the country's long-drawn transition toward democracy after more than a half-century of direct and indirect military rule. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

    Htin Kyaw, left, newly elected president of Myanmar walks with National League for Democracy party leader Aung San Suu Kyi, center, to attend a sworn-in ceremony at parliament in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Wednesday, March 30, 2016. Htin Kyaw, a trusted friend of Nobel laureate Suu Kyi, took over as Myanmar's president Wednesday, taking a momentous step in the country's long-drawn transition toward democracy after more than a half-century of direct and indirect military rule. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this image taken from video, Htin Kyaw, center, and National League for Democracy party leader Aung San Suu Kyi, right, attend the presidential swearing in ceremony at parliament in Naypyitaw, Myanmar Wednesday, March 30, 2016. Htin Kyaw, a trusted friend of Nobel laureate Suu Kyi, took over as Myanmar's president Wednesday, taking a momentous step in the country's long-drawn transition toward democracy after more than a half-century of direct and indirect military rule. (MRTV via AP Video) MYANMAR OUT, TV OUT

    In this image taken from video, Htin Kyaw, center, and National League for Democracy party leader Aung San Suu Kyi, right, attend the presidential swearing in ceremony at parliament in Naypyitaw, Myanmar Wednesday, March 30, 2016. Htin Kyaw, a trusted friend of Nobel laureate Suu Kyi, took over as Myanmar's president Wednesday, taking a momentous step in the country's long-drawn transition toward democracy after more than a half-century of direct and indirect military rule. (MRTV via AP Video) MYANMAR OUT, TV OUT  (The Associated Press)

Htin Kyaw, a confidante of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, has been sworn in as Myanmar's president.

He took the oath of office in a joint session of Myanmar's newly elected parliament Wednesday with his two vice presidents.

The ceremony ushers the longtime opposition party of Suu Kyi into government after 54 years of direct or indirect military rule.

Suu Kyi's party, the National League for Democracy, won a landslide victory in November elections. She is ineligible to be president herself but has said she will run the government from behind the scenes.

Later in the day, outgoing President Thein Sein will formally hand over the presidency to Htin Kyaw, who assumes office April 1.