Myanmar’s Suu Kyi, parliament speaker vow to work together

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi, parliament speaker Shwe Mann pledge to collaborate for peaceful handover of power in country, following reconciliation talks easing concerns over possible painful transition process after elections

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Speaker of Myanmar's Union Parliament Shwe Mann, greets National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi before their meeting at the Lower House of Parliament in Naypyitaw November 19, 2015

Updated Nov 20, 2015

Myanmarese leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the speaker of parliament Shwe Mann agreed on Thursday to work together with the purpose of transferring power from the current legislature that is linked to the military to her party, after her election victory in Myanmar. 

The pair came together at the Lower House of Parliament for reconciliation talks which was also attended by three representatives from the pro-military Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) and Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD).

In a joint statement released after the meeting, they said “We discussed the peaceful situation and how to keep people calm by implementing the November 8 election results.”

After her landslide victory, Suu Kyi requested to come together with the current Myanmarese President Thein Sein, Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and Shwe Mann in order to speak about national reconciliation.

Shwe Mann, the deposed leader of the ruling party USDP, was the first one to accept her invitation.

A few days before the elections, Mann had announced that he was ready to support Suu Kyi in polls saying “Whenever Aung San Suu Kyi and I meet, we always talk about working together for the stability and development of the country.”

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

National League for Democracy party leader Aung San Suu Kyi attends Myanmar's first parliament meeting after November 8 general elections, at the Lower House of Parliament in Naypyitaw November 16, 2015 (Reuters)

Raising confidence in Myanmar

The reconciliation talks, and assuring statements by the members of USDP raised confidence in the Southeast Asian nation as people trust that the power transfer from former generals to the NLD will come in a very peaceful manner.

Current Information Minister Ye Htut stated that the handover process will be smooth in an interview released on Wednesday.

“We don’t see any problem at the moment.  What President [Thein Sein] has said all the time was to maintain and support stability in the transition period. In the meantime, [opposition leader] Aung San Suu Kyi herself has urged supporters of her party to remain calm.”

“I don’t think there’s much to worry about because most people also believe stability is important at this time," he added.

Previously, Thein Sein promised to obey the laws and assure a “smooth” transition to a new government during a meeting with 70 political parties’ heads.

“The election is the result of our reform process and as we promised, we were able to hold it very successfully," he said.

“We will hand this process (of reform) on to a new government," he said, adding "don't worry about the transition."

The NLD leader had won the elections in 1990, the first multi-party elections held since 1960s, but the military junta refused to hand over power.

TRTWorld and agencies