August 20, 2016

Keep up the momentum for reform

It is no exaggeration to say that the sweeping democratic reforms initiated by the government over the past five years greatly contributed to the success of the general election on 8 November. President U Thein Sein and Union Election Commission Chairman U Tin Aye proved their commitment to ensure that the general election was free and fair.
In an interview with the Voice of America on Thursday, Union Minister for Information U Ye Htut spoke of the president’s delight about the success of the general elections, which have received praise from foreign heads of governments around the world. He attributed its success to the government’s commitment to democratic reforms during the past five years, stressing that the president instructed his ministers during a recent cabinet meeting to prepare for a smooth transfer of power, as desired by the public.
Two days ago, United States President Barack Obama himself phoned President U Thein Sein and opposition party leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to commend the collective efforts of the government, the election commission, political parties and the people to organise free, fair and peaceful elections.
The US president suggested that a spirit of unity will aid the formation of an inclusive, representative government that reflects the will of the people, urging both leaders to respect the official results and forge a prosperous future.
There were 34 million eligible voters to cast in 323 constituencies across the country, with observers estimating a high voter turnout of more than 90 percent. The National League for Democracy was officially declared the winner of the historic general elections yesterday.


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