Call for political parties to prioritize national cause alongside party politics

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State Administration Council Chairman Prime Minister Senior General Min Aung Hlaing holds talks with officials from registered political parties yesterday in Nay Pyi Taw.

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing highlights that political parties in the multiparty democratic system must have party political movements and implement national causes.
Yesterday afternoon, State Administration Council Chairman Prime Minister Senior General Min Aung Hlaing met officials from registered political parties at the Bayintnaung Villa in Nay Pyi Taw.
At the meeting, the Senior General explained that the government had issued law amendments for holding the by-election after amending the Political Parties Registration Law to ease the work process of political parties, adding that Tatmadaw has guaranteed to continuously walk on the path to multiparty democracy and cement the process.
The Senior General noted that political parties must be strengthened by initiating democratic practices in the party affairs.
He pointed out that although political parties may face some difficulties in party movements in some townships due to security conditions, they have to manage their movements in suitable townships to contact the people continuously.
The Senior General continued to say that party politics means organizing the people to accept their party policies and recruit new members while serving the national cause. The national cause must be first and party affairs second. In comparing the country and the party, they must prioritize the national cause.
He urged political parties to strive to build a future nation with educated human resources.
In forging peace and stability, the Senior General highlighted that Tatmadaw will not totally accept any demands based on armed struggle in the multiparty democratic system, without using political means.
The Senior General recounted that the government initiated the People’s Military Service Law to come into force, aimed at ensuring the security of the State and peace and stability, adding that the government will consider all measures of the law without burdens for the State. He clearly explained that it is necessary to manage serving of appropriate strengths in military service within the designated age limit. He disclosed that an order will be issued for the Reserve Forces Act to come into force today in order to recruit war veterans on their demand for serving the State’s defence duties. Both laws will contribute to increasing the strength of defence capacity.
The Senior General underlined that the successful holding of a general election depends on collaborative efforts of the government, political parties and people.
He disclosed that as now is the time to prepare for the forthcoming election, efforts are underway to hold a free, fair and prestigious election.
He underscored that among the 56 million population mentioned in the 2019 interim census, 84.9 per cent of the population are engaged in agriculture, livestock and forestry sector, handiworks and related businesses, services and trading, and employees.
As such, the Senior General urged all parties to accept the concept that economic development based on agriculture and livestock must be a national cause.
Chairpersons, vice-chairpersons and officials from political parties discussed participation in ensuring peace and stability of the nation, necessary measures for holding an election, and cooperation in social, economic, education and other sectors of the country, and their support to the enactment of People’s Military Service Law.
Union Election Commission Chairman U Ko Ko, Union Minister for Legal Affairs Dr Thi Da Oo, Union Minister at the State Administration Council Chairman’s Office No 1 U Ko Ko Hlaing and Anti-Corruption Commission Chairman U Sit Aye discussed measures of political parties, matters related to the People’s Military Service Law and the Reserve Forces Act, foreign policies, and anti-corruption.
In his response, the Senior General pointed out that service personnel can cast votes for their favourite ones, but they must be clear about party politics. He urged all political parties not to infringe on Our Three Main National Causes.
The Senior General underlined that all ethnic people have to forge the Union spirit and not commit any acts harming the Union spirit.
Also present at the meeting were SAC Vice-Chairman Vice-Senior General Soe Win, Council Joint Secretary Lt-Gen Ye Win Oo, Council members Admiral Tin Aung San and Lt-Gen Yar Pyae, Union Minister Lt-Gen Tun Tun Naung, officials, chairpersons, vice-chairpersons and officials from 42 registered political parties. — MNA/TTA

Salient points from the speech made by the
Senior General at the meeting with political parties

  • Tatmadaw has guaranteed to walk on the path of multiparty democracy continuously and cement the process.
  • Political parties must be strengthened with the initiation of democratic practices in the party affairs.
  • Tatmadaw will not totally accept any demands based on armed struggle in the multiparty democratic system, without using political ways.
  • As now is the time to prepare for the forthcoming election, efforts are underway to hold a free, fair and prestigious election.
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14 July 2024