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Political talks in Myanmar on power transition

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Aung San Suu Kyi, head of the National League for Democracy (NLD)(Source :AFP/VNA)
Hanoi  (VNA) – Myanmar’s President U Thein Sein and military chief, General Min Aung Hlaing met Aung San Suu Kyi, head of the election-winning opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), in Nay Pyi Taw on December 2.

According to the President’s spokesperson Ye Htut, during the meeting, President Thein Sein congratulated Aung San Suu Kyi on the NLD’s victory . The two sides discussed the establishment of mechanisms for the transfer of power in a peaceful and systematic manner.

Later in the day, Suu Kyi had a separate meeting with Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing, during which the two sides agreed to cooperate for the stability, peace and development of the country.

The meetings were held at the request of Suu Kyi on November 11 after her NLD won the November 8 elections.

On November 19, Suu Kyi also had talks with Speaker of the Union Parliament and House of Representatives (Lower House) U Shwe Mann, in which they agreed to focus on national reconciliation and solidarity, and to form a parliament for the next term through coordination and cooperation.

The NLD won more than 50 percent of the seats in both the lower and upper houses, which are enough to form a government under the country’s constitution.
Suu Kyi herself was re-elected to the House of Representatives (Lower House) of the next parliament.

Under the constitution, Suu Kyi is prevented from becoming president as her family involves foreign citizenship.
The meeting of the newly-elected parliament is to take place in January 2016, while a presidential election is scheduled for February and a new government is expected to be formed in late March.

The present term of the government will expire on March 31, 2016.-VNA

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