Myanmar's deposed ruling party head to work with Suu Kyi

Deposed ruling party leader Shwe Mann intends to work with Suu Kyi following Myanmar's historic election

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Former Myanmar ruling party chief Shwe Mann says Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy has the strongest support from the people

Shwe Mann, one of the most powerful politician of Myanmar history and deposed leader of the ruling party made some statements about his party and his competitor Suu Kyi, leader of National League for Democracy (NLD) in coming elections.

Shwe Mann leads a significant group in the parliamentary of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development party (USD) made an interview with Reuters, and he gave Suu Kyi the green light to support her in the elections.  If Aung San Suu Kyi fails to win a majority, Shwe Mann could help her form a government.

“Whenever Aung San Suu Kyi and I meet, we always talk about working together for the stability and development of the country,” said Shwe Mann.

“This cooperation will continue in the next parliament. We will work together for the country” he added.

Also, he said the future of Myanmar and interests of the nation is more important than personal victories in politics.  

"If members of parliament ask me, I'm ready to take any responsibility" he said.

He responded to some questions about his presidential and future plans.

"If they think I should be the president, I will be" he said.

He did not give any details about how he would work with his competitor Aung San Suu Kyi, but he shared that possible cooperation with other parties.

“The NLD has got the strongest support from the people,” Shwe Mann said.

At least 30 million people will vote on Sunday, hoping it will be free and fair election.

But there are some suspicions about the elections, The Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Wednesday, there are some systematic and structural problems including mass disenfranchisement of voters in some parts of the country, inequality of registration laws and independent election commissions in parliamentary elections.

TRTWorld and agencies