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With a landslide election victory looking increasingly inevitable, the chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD), Aung San Suu Kyi, has called for a resumption of quadripartite talks with President Thein Sein, parliament speaker Shwe Mann, and Commander-in-Chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing.
Suu Kyi on 10 November* sent letters to the three, stressing the importance of “a peaceful and calm implementation” of the people’s will expressed in the 8 November polls, and adding that such a transition “is important for the dignity of the nation and the public’s peace of mind”.
She has requested a meeting next week “in the interests of national reconciliation”.
Meanwhile, Burma’s incumbent Information Minister Ye Htut has reiterated Thein Sein’s message in his presidential speech on 6 November that the government and military “will respect the results of a free and fair election”, and will be prepared to work together with all political leaders “to resolve any issues” and to ensure stability.
House speaker Shwe Mann has responded to Suu Kyi’s invitation, agreeing to meet with Suu Kyi next week.
Min Aung Hlaing is yet to comment.
*Not 11 November as originally reported.
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