PRESIDENT U Thein Sein said his government laid down good foundations for strengthening democracy in Myanmar, calling on outgoing lawmakers to work together with the next government and pledging that members of the outgoing government would cooperate with the next government to bring peace and development to the country.
Speaking to lawmakers who served over the last five years and whose terms expire on Friday at the 40th meeting of the 13th session of the first Pyidaungsu Hluttaw in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday, the president hailed the achievements of his five-year term.
“Whatever has been done during the past five years is aimed at the restoration of peace and tranquility before 2015, ensuring the effectuation of a mechanism that will allow political forces to participate in the political process, promoting the socio-economic status of the people and widening the scope of knowledge on the part of the people,” he said.
“We have never thought of which party will win the 2015 election. [The country’s prosperity] is, in fact, a broader and higher objective, regardless of having hope for a second term for me or for my party. This is a national objective, much nobler than individual or group interest. This objective is important to strengthen democracy in Myanmar,” President U Thein said.
To achieve success in democratisation, the outgoing government met with successes and challenges, as well as confrontations and conflicts, he said.
“However, we’ve managed to push the democratisation process forward, and not to regress to conditions of the past, within the framework permitted by the political situation,” he added.
He also pledged for a systematic handover of the duties of the government and presidency to the next government.
The government led by President U Thein Sein initiated the building of a modern, developed, disciplined, democratic nation in a situation deprived of a multiparty, democratic system for more than five decades.
“The [outgoing] government introduced a new political system using new administrative machinery. At the time when the government started to implement the democratic transition, Arab nations in the Middle East started their own drives toward democratisation, known as Arab Spring. Over the last five years, the Arab nations are getting further and further from reaching their original goal of democracy,” he added.
The 2010 election was considered as the initial step on the path to democratisation in Myanmar, and the 2015 election was a further step along the same path, the president said.