August 19, 2016

From tears to cheers

THE incumbent government is ready to hand over the duties of governing to the president-elect, with the ceremony of swearing-in of the new president expected to take place at the Presidential Palace on 30 March, Deputy Director General U Zaw Htay of the President’s Office said in a recent interview with VOA Myanmar.
President U Thein Sein will pass the baton of executive power to his successor, president-elect U Htin Kyaw, at the end of his five-year tenure. U Htin Kyaw will become the second president after the military held a general election on 7 November 2010, in which the Union Solidarity and Development Party emerged victorious and named former general U Thein Sein as president.
Twenty years earlier, the country saw the NLD win a resounding victory in the election. However, the party was denied the right to convene a parliament on the pretext of the need for a new constitution. No matter how hideous the past we have gone through was, we should be magnanimous either in defeat or victory and let bygones be bygones.
Now that the incumbent president has promised a peaceful handover of state responsibility to his successor, the move should be hailed as historically significant and as a decisive step forward as well. The onus is on all political actors to make every effort to work in tandem with civil society in our march to a resurgent Myanmar characterised by peace, stability, equality and prosperity. After all, the only course of action left to us is to shift from tears of pain to cheers of joy.


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