NAYPYITAW Myanmar’s opposition was tight-lipped on Thursday about talks in between leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the country’s top common, citing the want for goodwill with its future government partners to make certain a smooth path to workplace.
Nobel laureate Suu Kyi met on Wednesday with Min Aung Hlaing, the head of a military she need to work with in energy-sharing executive, regardless of her party securing an overwhelming public mandate in a Nov. 8 common election.
Her National League for Democracy (NLD) won a lot more than 4-fifths of the vote, but a constitution written by the military before it ceded power in 2011 guarantees its nominees get three important cabinet posts and a vice-president position.
The talks have been hugely symbolic with the figurehead of a once persecuted pro-democracy movement discussing Myanmar’s future with the chief of a military that utilised an iron fist to monopolise power for 5 decades.
“We need to be, for the time getting, tight lipped,” senior NLD member Win Htein told Reuters, when asked what they discussed.
“We have been struggling for more than 27 years to reach this stage. We are asking repeatedly, repeatedly to have a dialogue. What occurred yesterday, our wish was fulfilled.”
Regardless of the NLD’s sweeping win, public doubts linger about the military’s government role given its record of political intervention and profitable network of organizations that could be impacted by future policy shifts.
Complicating that difficult equation is Suu Kyi’s intent to alter articles of a constitution that not only grants the military a veto on amending it, but excludes her from becoming president due to her sons’ foreign citizenship.
Suu Kyi’s ties with the generals have warmed because she joined parliament in 2012, but had been tested when the NLD gathered 5 million signatures in a petition urging lawmakers to vote to remove the military’s legislative veto.
That failed, and she criticized Min Aung Hlaing for interfering in democracy.
Their hour-long talks appeared to be cordial, nonetheless, described by a smiling Min Aung Hlaing as “very nice”.
Win Htein said the NLD would not rock the boat and had been ordered to keep strategy a secret.
Khin Zaw Win of the Tampadipa Institute believe-tank said the gag order was understandable offered the NLD’s inexperience, but Suu Kyi herself ought to tread very carefully obtaining stirred controversy by announcing a plan to control a nominee president.
“Their leader identified it prudent to inform them to keep quiet,” he mentioned. “At the very same time … she is putting the brakes on the MPs but is herself going complete swing.”
(Reporting by Aung Hla Tun and Timothy Mclaughlin Writing by Martin Petty Editing by Robert Birsel)