NAYPYITAW: Myanmar’s opposition was tight-lipped about talks between leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the country’s top general, citing the need for goodwill with its future government partners to ensure a smooth path to office.
Nobel laureate Suu Kyi met on Wednesday with Min Aung Hlaing, the head of a military she must work with in power-sharing executive, despite her party securing an overwhelming public mandate in a Nov 8 general election.
Her National League for Democracy (NLD) won more than four-fifths of the vote, but a constitution written by the military before it ceded power in 2011 guarantees its nominees get three key cabinet posts and a vice-president position.
The talks were hugely symbolic with the figurehead of a once persecuted pro-democracy movement discussing Myanmar’s future with the chief of a military that used an iron fist to monopolise power for five decades.“We have been struggling for more than 27 years to reach this stage. We are asking repeatedly, repeatedly to have a dialogue. What happened yesterday, our wish was fulfilled,” senior NLD member Win Htein said.
Despite the NLD’s sweeping win, public doubts linger about the military’s government role given its record of political intervention and lucrative network of businesses that could be impacted by future policy shifts. — Reuters