USDP says agenda will not change
Ex-president U Thein Sein opened the ousted party’s conference yesterday by stating that their policy goals remain in accord with the “desires of the people”.
THE Union Solidarity and Development Party convention opened yesterday with its leader, former president U Thein Sein, confirming that the central executive committee will be reshuffled, while major changes to his party’s platform are not on the agenda.
“The central executive committee members will be selected in front of representatives attending the convention,” the party chair said.
In reshuffling the high-level committee, he said members would be chosen based on loyalty to the USDP and full adherence to the party’s rules and regulations. Credibility among the party’s broader membership and the public would also be required, as well as proven leadership skills and an ability to work in unison to achieve the USDP’s aims.
“In reconstituting the central executive committee to strengthen our party after reviewing the outcome of the last election, we have systematically formed committees at every level, from village or ward to central, to select committee members again,” he said.
U Hla Swe, a prominent former USDP lawmaker, told The Myanmar Times this week that 70 percent of the central executive committee would change.
Yesterday U Thein Sein said the internal objectives of the USDP were party unity, “flourishing democracy” within its ranks and a commitment to work with younger generations.
But the USDP will not consider a fundamental shift in the way it presents itself to an electorate that handed the party a decisive defeat in last November’s general election.
“The party’s policy goals are still in accord with the needs and desires of the people, so we will continue to hold them,” U Thein Sein said, adding that if a change in strategy is later deemed necessary, the party would adjust to meet voters’ demands.
“On behalf of the USDP, I’d like to send a message to people that we will try and make corrections to be able to fulfil the needs of the people, accepting people’s hopes and desire to see changes,” he said. The party would look to its counterparts in other successful democracies globally to learn “lessons” on how to satisfy the people, the ex-president said.
The three-day USDP convention at the party’s headquarters in Nay Pyi Taw will conclude tomorrow. It is just the second convention called by the party, which was formed in 2010 to contest the general election that year.
Though 2010 delivered a commanding parliamentary majority and the presidency to the USDP, last year’s vote saw the National League for Democracy win nearly 80pc of elected seats, allowing NLD chair Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to form a government.
‘The party’s policy goals are still in accord with the needs and desires of the people.’
U Thein Sein USDP chair