August 19, 2016

Change is a constant rather than transitory process

It is undeniable that public engagement in the political process has gathered pace over the past five years as a direct consequence of the government’s relaxations of political restrictions.
A good example of this is the wider participation of political parties in the 8 November election, which was internationally recognised as the freest and fairest of the country in 25 years.
It is no exaggeration to assume that the successful completion of the elections marks an important milestone in the history of our country during its smooth transition to democracy. In other words, the incumbent government has set a good example to governments to come.
In retrospect, every future government of our country is to shoulder the responsibility for further success in democratic reform by paying undivided attention to such crucial issues as stability and sustainable development.
It is therefore safe to say that the political situation in the country has reached a crucial junction in cultivating a new political culture of inclusive participation and close cooperation so as to realise a win-win situation through negotiation.
It is understandable that there exist certain concerns about the smooth transfer of power to the incoming government in such a transitional period. In this respect, President U Thein Sein and Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing have often reassured the public and political parties about the smooth handover at every opportunity.
Ensuring a peaceful transition to democracy is as crucial as sustaining peace and stability. After all, these two obligations are the immediate political exigencies that call for all the political forces to collectively participate and make combined efforts in this process.


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