Htin Kyaw, second left newly elected president of Myanmar and Win Myint, second right speaker of lower house leave parliament building in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Friday, March 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)
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An ethnic rebel group locked in conflict with Myanmar's military is eager to broker peace with the new civilian president, a spokesman said Saturday, as the incoming government gears up to tackle the country's long-running insurgencies.Myanmar's new leadership, steered by Aung San Suu Kyi and her presidential proxy Htin Kyaw, will take office at the end of the month, concluding a protracted power hand-off from the outgoing army-backed government.The fighting pits the military against the Ta'ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), one of several rebel armies that did not sign a broad ceasefire agreement pushed by the government last year.Two other ethnic militias excluded from the army's recent peace talks also joined the TNLA in pledging support for the new president in a statement issued late Friday.
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