Military chief agrees to talks with Suu Kyi

Military chief agrees to talks with Suu Kyi

Burma’s Commander-in-Chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing has agreed to a meeting requested by opposition leader and apparent election winner Aung San Suu Kyi.

Suu Kyi is chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD), which looks set for a momentous landslide win in the 8 November general election.

Anticipating victory, she sent letters on Tuesday to Min Aung Hlaing, President Thein Sein, and House speaker Shwe Mann, inviting them to reignite negotiations on the country’s future – “quadripartite talks”, as they were known when they took place in 2013-14.

In a letter of response, Min Aung Hlaing’s Directorate of Defence (Army) replied on Wednesday that such a rendezvous could take place “between both sides” when the election commission has finished its work.

Although 319 of the 330 constituencies have already been declared for the Lower House, around 50 percent of constituencies remain undeclared for the Upper House and regional assembly seats.

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In addition, a period remains open for any political party to challenge the election results.

The defence department letter congratulated the NLD for winning a majority of seats in the elections thus far.

President Thein Sein likewise congratulated the NLD on its election successes, and said he would be available to discuss a transition of power when the electoral process concludes.

 

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