Suu Kyi discusses transfer of power with Myanmar's president

Aung San Suu Kyi takes first step for smooth power transition following general election in Myanmar

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Myanmar President Thein Sein and Aung San Suu Kyi ahead of their meeting in Naypyidaw on December 2, 2015. [AFP]

Nobel laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi met with Myanmar President Thein Sein on Wednesday to discuss transfer of power peacefully to her party.

The closed-door meeting was held at Thein Sein’s residence in Naypyitaw and lasted 45 minutes, according to the president’s spokesman and Information Minister Ye Htut.

Ye Htut said the talk focused on smooth and peaceful transfer of power.

“We have opened a communication channel between the two sides,” Ye Htut told at a news conference.

“They mainly focused on the smooth and peaceful transfer of the state responsibilities to the future government ... to cooperate bilaterally so that there won’t be any concerns among the people. The transfer to a new president was “completely unprecedented in our history."

The democracy icon, Suu Kyi’s  National League for Democracy (NLD) was winner of November 8th election, receiving major votes.

The new administration will be the first democratically elected government since 1960’s coup d'etat in Myanmar after it takes office earlier next year.  

Myanmar's constitution regulates a power-sharing between the armed forces and an elected ruling party.

Myanmar’s military argues that fragile democracy of the country needs to be under control which makes it crucial for NDL party to gain support of the military.

Suu Kyi is also aware of necessity of cooperation with the military, however, her initial desire to change part of constitution which not allow her to become president because her two children are foreign citizens.

Suu Kyi is set to a second meeting in the afternoon with Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of the Myanmar Armed Forces.

It is the first time, sides will come together after Suu Kyi spoke out against him in June for influencing military legislators.

Suu Kyi said  "He's not elected by the people, so why does he have the right to decide?" following the legislators’ decision to keep the veto powers.

TRTWorld and agencies