For­mer pres­i­dent pledges USDP sup­port for fed­eral Union

The Myanmar Times - - News - PYAE THET PHYO pyae­thet­phyo@mm­times.com

THE Union Sol­i­dar­ity and Devel­op­ment Party will sup­port turn­ing the coun­try into the fed­eral Union that eth­nic mi­nori­ties are con­stantly de­mand­ing, for­mer pres­i­dent U Thein Sein said yes­ter­day.

“Our party will es­tab­lish a Union based on fed­er­al­ism,” he said dur­ing a USDP cen­tral ex­ec­u­tive meet­ing held at the party’s head­quar­ters in Nay Pyi Taw.

The party will have to be care­ful be­cause fed­er­al­ism may pro­duce both pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive con­se­quences depend­ing on the way it is en­acted, he added.

The 2008 con­sti­tu­tion was drafted based on the prin­ci­ples of fed­er­al­ism, he said. How­ever, he added that the con­sti­tu­tion will have to be amended so that it is in sync with the cur­rent time and cir­cum­stances.

“There is no con­sti­tu­tion in the world that is carved like a stone in­scrip­tion,” he said.

Dur­ing his term in of­fice, U Thein Sein called for the safe­guard­ing of the char­ter, but also noted ma­ture con­sti­tu­tions must be changed from time to time.

The USDP will present its opin­ions at the 21st-cen­tury Pan­g­long Con­fer­ence, which is sched­uled to be held in the last week of Au­gust, he said.

The cur­rent USDP work­shop, which will run through Au­gust 11, aims to roll out the peace poli­cies that the party plans to present at the Union gov­ern­ment’s peace con­fer­ence later this month. The USDP hopes the work­shop will get party mem­bers up to speed on the peace plan, U Thein Sein said.

The out­come of the work­shop will be pre­sented later this month at the party’s Au­gust 20 con­ven­tion, where the fo­cus will be on re­vamp­ing the USDP for a 2020 come­back bid.

– Trans­la­tion by Zar Zar Soe

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