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November 15, 2018

PASSING THE BATON

President, Commander-in-Chief discuss peaceful, smooth power transfer with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

President shakes hands with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Photo: MNA
President shakes hands with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Photo: MNA

PRESIDENT U Thein Sein and National League for Democracy chairperson Daw Aung San Suu Kyi held talks yesterday, focusing on the peaceful transfer of power to the next government.
During the 45-minute meeting, the president and the NLD leader discussed cooperation between the current and the future governments to ensure a smooth, peaceful power transfer and to minimise the public’s concerns about the transfer, said U Ye Htut, the president’s spokesman and Union Minister for Information, who was also present at the meeting.
They also exchange views and discussed establishing a tradition of systematically transferring the duties of an outgoing Head of State to the incoming one, the spokesman added.
During their first discussion since the NLD’s landslide victory in the 8 November election, President U Thein Sein congratulated Daw Aung San Suu Kyi for her party’s victory.
Opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi also expressed thanks to the president for his efforts to introduce democratic reforms, paving the way for the NLD to enter the parliament in 2012 and for holding free and fair elections in 2015.
She also met with Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing yesterday afternoon at the Bayintnaung Guest House in the military compound in Nay Pyi Taw.
After the meeting, which last about one hour starting at 2pm, the Commander-in-Chief’s Office released a statement saying the two sides agreed to pay attention to the desires of the people, to coordinate and cooperate each other to ensure stability, the rule of law, unity and the development of the country.
President U Thein Sein, Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and Union Parliament Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann all vowed to assist in a peaceful transfer of power last month, following the NLD’s landslide victory in the election.

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing shakes hands with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Photo: MNA
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing shakes hands with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Photo: MNA

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