Myanmar’s opposition NLD to make successful government

Nay Pyi Taw, Jan 29 (IANS) Myanmar’s outgoing speaker U Shwe Mann on Friday said the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), led by Aung San Suu Kyi, would make a successful ruling government.

Winning the 2015 general election, the NLD is organising the new government by not taking up all the available posts held but reserve for other parties and ethnic nationalities as well as for outside experts, Xinhua quoted Shwe Mann as saying.

However, he said that no offer for taking up certain post in the new parliament or government is so far made by the winning party.

Appraising Aung San Suu Kyi’s wisdom and far-sightedness, U Shwe Mann said he is willing to be made use of for the interest of the country and the people.

He further said that he did made arrangement for a meeting between Suu Kyi and ex-Senior-General Than Shwe, the top leader of the previous military government, to create a favourable condition for the nation although he holds no power now but is still influential.

In his final speech at the last session of the union parliament that comprises two Houses, U Shwe Mann also called on law makers of the new parliament to inherit the good democratic practice of the previous parliament and continue to take the responsibility for the next term.

The present five-year term of the parliament, which lasted from January 31, 2011, came to an end on Friday and the new term of the elected parliament, dominated by the National League for Democracy (NLD), will start on next Monday.

The current term of the government will also expire on March 30 and a new government will take office on the day in accordance with the result of November 8 general election in 2015.

On Thursday, the NLD nominated two new speakers of the two houses of the next term of the parliament with U Win Myint as speaker of the House of Representatives (Lower House) and U Mann Win Khaing Than as speaker of the House of Nationalities (Upper House).

The nominated speakers are yet to be approved in the new parliament session.

The NLD won the absolute majority of the parliamentary seats in the general election 2015, competing mainly against the former ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP).

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