August 20, 2016

Will post-renaissance Myanmar stay progressive?

WE have come a long way over the past five decades to celebrate the arrival of a democratically elected civilian president. The country’s top legislative body has named U Htin Kyaw as president 54 years after U Mahn Win Maung held office from 1957 to 1962. The country has, in a way, been reborn.
With the rise of the new leader, the incoming government is scheduled to take office on 1 April. Filled with anticipation for an end to decades of stagnation, people from all social strata are now enthusiastic about a monumental change in the country’s historic political paradigm.
In this crucial juncture, the real change must be focused on the revival of inspirational politics that provides a fresh perspective on the system of checks and balances in the executive, legislative and judicial branches. In addition, one of the core challenges awaiting the new government is to become more responsible, accountable, effective and transparent in its public policy so as to win the confidence from the military representatives, and the ruling-turned-opposition party as well.
One thing we all know for sure is that all the other political parties, interest groups and people around the world will keep a close watch on how the new leader and his cabinet will work with its new generation of decision makers in adopting more inclusive strategies to inspire a new generation of engaged citizens.
Thus, the political paradigm shift will confront the new government with the daunting task of tackling mounting inequality and promoting opportunity while establishing a more progressive and inclusive politics. The approach the new government takes to deal with these challenges will decide its fate after all.


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