August 19, 2016

In search of a proper president

TEN days into the term of Myanmar’s second parliament, speculations over the amendment or suspension of Section 59(f) of the constitution and the question of who will succeed President U Thein Sein runs rampant.
The section bars Daw Aung San Suu Kyi from holding office as president because of her marriage to a foreigner. According to the constitution, no one with a foreign spouse or foreign offspring can hold the top position in the Myanmar government. It would take the support of over 75 per cent of parliament to amend the constitution.
The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw kicked off on 8 February, with Upper House Speaker Mahn Win Khaing Than announcing that nominations for the presidency would be made public on 17 March. Political analysts and researchers have described the delay as an attempt by the National League for Democracy (NLD) to buy more time for negotiations with the army over the prospect of their chairperson ascending to the presidency.
It is clear that a president should be a person with extraordinary determination defined by accountability and duty-consciousness. The word ‘president’ carries connotations of national prestige and identity.
All things considered, our future president should be someone who has made an enviable record of sacrifices for the good of the people and the country as a whole—someone who is capable of running the country’s administrative machinery and protecting the people.
Once the executive, legislative and judicial powers can work in tandem with the armed forces to make a sincere effort to realise the people’s desires, our country will no doubt be on the threshold of a new era.


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