USDP Re-elects Thein Sein as Chairman

President of Burma and Chairman of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party Thein Sein(Photo: President’s Office)

Burma’s ruling party has re-elected President Thein Sein as its chairman at its first convention since he took office last year.

The Union Solidarity and Development Party unanimously endorsed Thein Sein on Tuesday in the capital, Naypyidaw. The former general has instituted political and economic reforms, largely succeeding in breaking his country out of its isolation from the international community. This sets the stage for an economic take-off after decades of stultifying army rule.

The party served as the military’s proxy in the 2010 general election, when it won 883 of 1,154 parliamentary seats in polls boycotted by the pro-democracy party of Aung San Suu Kyi.

However, her National League for Democracy party virtually swept by-elections earlier this year, setting up a more serious challenge for the 2015 general election.

3 Responses to USDP Re-elects Thein Sein as Chairman

  1. Burma is still a nation of snoops. UDSP  controlled white shirts are employed in each street, in each building complex etc. with the sole purpose of keeping an eye on others in their ‘area’ and reporting them to the authorities if they believed that something is amiss. The reputation of the white shirts and the secret police is such that no-one wished to cause offence. Most people still kept their thoughts to themselves unless they wished to invite trouble. In this sense,  Burma is still a nation run on fear of the government. Than Shwe still runs Burma as a one party state headed by the  paramilitary puppet Thein Sein.

    • I totally agree with you. Daw Suu was warning the West not to rush things but for the world,  money making is more omportant than human rights. You still can’t trust these generals those who have created ” Killing fields” in Burma.  Changes in Burma only benefits  the 1% which is the army and its cronies. I’m from a military family, has been in exile for the past 24 years and I’m telling the world, ” You can’t trust the Burmese generals for one bit”. They are shameless liars!!!

  2. We are purplexed- we the people are really confused.The 2008 Constitution clearly stated in simple language that Government office holders cannot be members of political parties,any political parties.Is there any exceptions to the rules for political parties in power.Is USDP is exempted from the Constitutional Provisions that prohibited Government servants from participating in party politics.Its time to define and clarify sooner than later before confusions set in.

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