December 19, 2016

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pres calls on all to vote — Political parties should accept election results with magnanimity

Viewers watch President Thein Sein’s final address before Sunday’s historic general election.
Viewers watch President Thein Sein’s final address before Sunday’s historic general election.

PRESIDENT U Thein Sein has urged political parties to accept the results of the November 8 election with magnanimity, saying that the upcoming election will be free and fair.
In his election speech broadcast last night, the president said he firmly believed that the upcoming election will be free and fair and that it will reflect the desires of the people. He acknowledged that there have been many challenges along the way in fulfilling the administration’s desire to hold smooth elections.
President U Thein Sein reiterated that the government and the army will respect the results of the upcoming election and added that he is aware that there is some anxiety about this among the public.
He said that his party would welcome a new government as determined by the election results and emphasised that it must be in conformity with the terms of the constitution. He expressed confidence that the leaders of political parties will accept the results of the election.
In order for peace to prevail during the post-election period, the president said that he will hold talks with leaders of political parties to
discuss solutions for
any potential issues.
He also urged all those eligible to vote to cast their votes this Sunday, saying that the upcoming election represents a key part of Myanmar’s new political climate.
The UEC has already made arrangements for citizens to avoid unnecessarily losing their voting rights on election day, he added.
President U Thein Sein ended his speech by urging the leaders of political parties to be far-sighted and magnanimous during the upcoming election, which will also be keenly watched by the international community.

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