NEW YORK, 17th March, 2016 (WAM) — United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has congratulated Htin Kyaw, who was elected by the Myanmar Parliament as the first civilian President in more than five decades.

Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said, “He welcomes this as a significant achievement towards advancing the democratic reforms ushered in by the outgoing Government. The Secretary-General hopes the people of Myanmar will continue steadfastly on the path of democracy and national reconciliation and, at this defining moment of transition, calls upon President-elect U Htin Kyaw, as well as all other significant stakeholders, to work inclusively towards a smooth and peaceful consolidation of unity and stability in the country.”

The UN chief also reaffirmed the readiness of the United Nations to continue to support efforts to advance peace, development, human rights and the rule of law for the benefit of all the peoples of Myanmar.