Former president pledges USDP support for federal Union
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