August 19, 2016

Ask yourselves

The incumbent government is leaving on 30 March this year, passing over the baton to the incoming government to be constitutionally formed by the winning party, the National League for Democracy. The handover is praised as the first of its kind throughout the history of the country since independence.
In retrospect, our country saw its first free and fair election in 2010, which gave birth to a democratically elected government for the first time. It is safe to describe that transition to democracy as the first move to strike a balance between the government and the parliament. These two bodies of decision makers have done everything in their capacity to establish a democratic system that values responsibility, accountability and harmony.
One of the remarkable achievements in the government’s commitment to democratic reform is none but the successful holding of the elections in 2015. In his address to the parliament two days ago, President U Thein Sein regarded that success as the second move of the country’s democratic reform. Another achievement is concerned with the signing of the nationwide ceasefire agreement between the government and the eight ethnic armed organisations. Accordingly, the Union Peace Conference is now being convened in Nay Pyi Taw, with the participation of both signatories and non-signatories of ethnic armed organisations, except three or four.
Given the realities of the political situation in the country, the onus is on any incoming government to make continuous efforts to bring about stability and prosperity. More importantly, all political parties should ask themselves why they entered political life. To serve the interests of the people and the country as a whole, right?


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