Ruling NLD celebrates 30th anniversary
The ruling National League for Democracy on Thursday celebrated its 30th anniversary, with a senior official of the party calling on members to help strengthen the NLD to better serve the people.
LEADERS of the ruling National League for Democracy on Thursday urged its members to be law-abiding citizens to strengthen the party and gain the public’s respect.
U Nyan Win, a member of the NLD central executive committee, said that while the party is not always united, it always works together to promote the people’s welfare.
“Some say the NLD has divisions. Over the past 30 years, the NLD has not been always united. Sometimes we fight … but we unite when it comes to crucial issues affecting the people,” he said at an event marking the party’s 30th anniversary in Yangon attended by NLD members, MPS, diplomats and members of other political parties.
The NLD was established on September 27, 1988. Although it won in the 1990 general elections, the winning candidates were not allowed to take their seats in the legislature. The party boycotted the 2010 election but fielded candidates in the 2012 by-elections. In the 2015 general elections, the party won a landslide victory, replacing the military junta that has been in power for over half a century.
U Nyan Win said that a stronger NLD would be more capable of delivering basic services to the people and promoting their welfare.
He urged party members to protect the people’s basic social and economic rights and to expose those who abuse power or obtain it dishonestly.
“Party members are bound to watch for, disclose and fight against abuses of people’s rights. We must shape the rule of law for the people as well as protect and promote peace, he said.
Since it took over the government in 2016, the NLD has made the national peace process the centrepiece of its programme, but so far only 2 of the 10 armed ethnic groups involved in the peace process have signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement.
In the past three years under the NLD and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the government has held three sessions of the 21st century Panglong Peace Conference, with few tangible results.
But U Min Zaw Oo, executive director of the Myanmar Institute for Peace and Security, said the key achievement of the peace process was the easing of tensions between the Tatmadaw (military), the government and armed ethnic groups.
“In the past, discussions had to be held in order to meet face-toface. But now there is less tension on each side and constructive discussions can be held,” he said.
However, critics say the NLD government has not achieved any significant progress toward peace among the armed ethnic groups.
U Khin Maung Swe, chair of the National Democratic Force party, said the NLD has yet to erect a political framework where everyone can be involved in the peace process and development of the country.
“Although the NLD is 30 years old, leads the government, and holds the most seats in parliament, it hasn’t been able to empower the opposition parties,” he said.
U Sai Nyut Lwin, secretary of the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy, said the NLD has been unable to resolve many problems, such as the Rakhine issue, the economic slowdown and high inflation.
“Our party has an alliance with the NLD, but we have never discussed politics since it took over the government,” he said.