Myanmar's new president U Htin Kyaw (left), receives the presidential seal from outgoing president U Thein Sein during a handover ceremony at the presidential palace in Naypyidaw on Wednesday. The military ruled Myanmar, directly or indirectly, for more than a half-century.
Myanmar reached a major milestone this week, as civilian leaders, including Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, replaced the generals who have been running the Southeast Asian nation, directly or indirectly, for more than a half century. The outgoing president, U Thein Sein, formally relinquished his office Wednesday to his successor, U Htin Kyaw.
Thein Sein, an ex-general, has guided the country from military dictatorship to a fledgling democracy over the past five years. He now plans to head to a Buddhist monastery to be ordained as a monk, according to media reports. But few of Thein Sein's fellow generals and ex-generals will be heading into such an ascetic future.