Htin Kyaw is a close aide of Aung San Suu Kyi, whose NLD party swept to power in last year's election. Nobel peace laureate Suu Kyi is barred from the office of president. Instead she'll hold four ministerial posts, including the foreign ministry.
Myanmar's de facto leader has called off plans to attend the UN General Assembly. Critics are calling for the Nobel laureate to be stripped of her peace prize amid reports of "ethnic cleansing" against the Rohingya.
Aung San Suu Kyi has again refused to mention the humanitarian crisis unfolding on Myanmar's border with Bangladesh. More than 125,000 Rohingya have fled their villages amid reports of military attacks and mass killings.
Muslim countries and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai have lambasted Myanmar and its de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi for the poor treatment of Rohingya Muslims. Meanwhile, the humanitarian crisis has worsened in Rakhine.
Indian PM Narendra Modi is visiting Myanmar at a tricky time when the country and its de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi are increasingly coming under sharp international criticism due to the plight of Rohingya Muslims.
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