August 19, 2016

A joy to behold

The democratic reform initiated by the government since its inception in March 2011 has reached a crucial juncture, as the time to pass the baton to the incoming government is approaching. The opposition National League for Democracy won by a landslide in the country’s historic elections on 8 November last year, securing more than two-thirds of the parliamentary seats it needed to form the government and choose the president.
Activists and analysts home and abroad have hailed the NLD’s astonishing win as a key victory for the country’s democratic development. With public expectations for the future president emerging, the parliament has fixed 17 March as the date for the nomination of three vice presidential candidates, one each by the representatives of the Amyotha Hluttaw (Upper House), the Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House) and the defense services. According to the constitution, the incoming government is to take office as of 1 April.
Apparently, the whole country is eager to know who their future president will be and whether the parliamentary decision will live up to their expectations. In a sense, the ordinary people are fully justified in asking for a joy to behold. Anyone who goes against the
unanimous consent deserves to be branded as a killjoy spiked with malice. Above all, our
future president should be a candidate endowed with great personal character, charm and charisma.


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