Pres­i­dent Thein Sein will­ing to serve a sec­ond pres­i­den­tial term

Mizzima Business Weekly - - AFFAIRS -

Myan­mar’s Pres­i­dent Thein Sein sig­nalled that he in­tends to pur­sue his am­bi­tious re­form pro­gram be­yond na­tional elec­tions in Novem­ber to the end of his cur­rent term in early 2016, and re­jected re­cent charges that re­forms had stalled and the process was back­slid­ing the Nikkei Asian Times re­ported on 30 July

In an in­ter­view with the Nikkei Asian Re­view on Wed­nes­day, the pres­i­dent con­firmed a change in his ear­lier in­ten­tion to re­tire af­ter his cur­rent term, say­ing he would be will­ing to serve a sec­ond pres­i­den­tial term. That, how­ever, would de­pend on “the coun­try’s sit­u­a­tion, the pre­vail­ing cir­cum­stances, and wishes of the peo­ple.’’

Among what he de­scribed as top pri­or­i­ties in the fi­nal stages of his gov­ern­ment, Thein Sein gave the strong­est in­di­ca­tion so far that he be­lieved a na­tion­wide ceasefire agree­ment could be fi­nal­ized with eth­nic armed groups be­fore the 8 Novem­ber poll. He also out­lined plans to deepen Myan­mar’s diplo­matic ties with neigh­bour­ing coun­tries and step up eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment fo­cus­ing on the man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor -- par­tic­u­larly small and medium en­ter­prises.


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