July 05, 2017

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President delivers speech at opening of Ayeyawady Bridge

President U Thein Sein poses for documentary photo together with dignataries and local people at opening of Ayeawady Bridge (Htigyaing).
President U Thein Sein poses for documentary photo together with dignataries and local people at opening of Ayeawady Bridge (Htigyaing).

Ayeyawady Bridge (Htigyaing) was officially opened by President U Thein Sein on Thursday.
The president sprinkled scented water over the stone plaque at the bridge during the inauguration ceremony.
Also present were Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, union ministers, the chief minister of the region, deputy ministers and Hluttaw representatives.
Chief Minister U Thar Aye said in his speech that the 7,730-foot bridge took just over five years to construct, which made it one of the fastest projects over the Ayeyawady Region. Construction cost a total of K56 billion.
A town elder thanked the government for the bridge, which will drastically improve the mobility of local communities. The president also said that the bridge is evidence of Myanmar’s successful transition to democracy, as peace and stability allows concrete progress to be made. He said the benefits of reforms stretch into every strata of life, including economics and administrative matters.
He also said that the recent signing of the nationwide ceasefire agreement will deliver many benefits to Myanmar people, and that the upcoming general election of 8 November represents another historic milestone for the country.
The president said that the government has replaced a heavily centralized systems with a people-centred approach on the administrative front and that the government will cooperate with the Union Election Commission to hold the general election, which will be observed by the international community and held in a free and fair manner. The president urged the public to cooperate in holding a free and fair elections.
The president and the senior general later proceeded to Mogok by helicopter, where he inspected Le-in (Mongkwin) project, and continued to Shwebo to inspect the maintenance of Maha Nandar Lake.
The president then paid homage to Maha Aungmyay Hsutaungpyay Pagoda and donated cash. Afterward, the president and party paid homage to monks at Maha Aungmyay Monastery and presented offerings to the monks.
The president and the senior general left Shwebo for Pyin Oo Lwin by helicopter.
Earlier in the morning, the president and the senior general inspected the construction of walls for prevention of water erosion in Katha and paid homage to monks at Dhamma Pala Priyati Monastery before discussing regional development tasks.

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