July 09, 2017

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Work Together, without grudges President pledges peaceful, smooth power transfer

President U Thein Sein shakes hands with a leader of an ethnic party at a meeting with political parties. Photo: Aye Min Soe
President U Thein Sein shakes hands with a leader of an ethnic party at a meeting with political parties. Photo: Aye Min Soe

President U Thein Sein pledged to systematically transfer power to the incoming government within a set timeframe, in line with the Myanmar constitution.
At a meeting with political parties in Yangon on Sunday, the first since general election on 8th November, the president stressed that the current government would work for a smooth transition in line with existing laws, regulations and procedures, and would do so calmly, peacefully and smoothly so as not to cause worries about the power transfer.
The president said he would send invitations to convene the second parliament in accordance with established procedures.
He also reminded political parties to make preparations to participate in political dialogue, as they also play a role in the peace process.
The president told political parties that the current government is making efforts to initiate political dialogue soon, in accordance with the timeline provided in the NCA, expressing his believe that the next government would do its best to continue to build on this good foundation.
The government, led by President U Thein Sein, signed a nationwide ceasefire agreement with eight ethnic armed organizations on 15 October.
“The importance of the agreement lies in the political guarantees for resolving armed conflict through political means and establishing a federal and democratic Union through political dialogue,” he said.
During the meeting, National League for Democracy party spokesman U Nyan Win promised to undertake these tasks peacefully, upholding the principle of national reconciliation which, he said, the party adopted at its establishment.
During the meeting with the president, ethnic political parties, including the Shan National League for Democracy, demanded that the president stop ongoing offensives against ethnic armed groups in Shan State.
Some parties demanded that the president release all political prisoners.
In his concluding remarks, President U Thein Sein called on political leaders, parties and the public to work together for the development of the country, without holding grudges.

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