In a solemn ceremony at the Presidential Residence in Rangoon, April 4 1960, the new Burmese Cabinet was sworn into office.
In a solemn ceremony at the Presidential Residence in Rangoon, April 4 1960, the new Burmese Cabinet was sworn into office. The ceremony marked Burma's reversion to Parliamentary democracy after seventeen months of army rule.
Watched by the Chief Justice and members of Burma's Supreme Court, President U Win Maung administered the oaths. Prominent in the U Nu Cabinet are; Sao Hkun Hkio-Foreign Minister; U Tin-Finance Minister; and U Raschid-Industrial Minister.
Earlier that day, the new Parliament elected U Nu-leader of the "Union League" - as Prime Minister. Fifty-three year old U Nu has been Prime Minister of Burma since 1948, with the exception of a brief period in 1956-57 when he resigned to re-organise his Party, and again in 1958 when he handed over to Army Chief of Staff, General Ne Win, when his Party - the Anti-Fascist People's Freedom League - split into two factions.
The "clean" faction of the AFPFL - which U Nu headed - won a landslide victory in the Feb 6 General Elections, and his Party is now known as the "Union League".
Prime Minister U Nu later told Parliament that his Government would follow a policy of positive neutrality in foreign affairs, and would work towards "Burmanisation" of Industry and Commerce.