We Will Work With Suu Kyi to Amend Constitution to ‘Benefit State’ — USDP

Burma’s President Thein Sein (left) talks with Aung Thaung (center) and Rangoon Mayor Aung Thein Linn in Mandalay in this file photo from 2010. (Photo: AP)

RANGOON —Burma’s ruling party would support amendments to the constitution proposed by the opposition National League for Democracy if they were “for the benefit of the state and the people of Burma,” senior ruling party officials told The Irrawaddy on Thursday.

Aung Thaung, Union Solidarity and Development Party MP for Thaungtha Township and a former minister, added that the relationship between the USDP and the NLD has improved.

The comments come after NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Friday the USDP and NLD had come to a tentative agreement on amending the controversial 2008 constitution, which enshrines the military’s power in politics.

“We all have to work together to amend the constitution,” Aung Thaung told The Irrawaddy on Thursday. “Some parts of the constitution may be amended by the NLD and some may not. We are going to work together. We don’t think everything must be done according to our desires.”

“If the changes benefit the state and its people we will support them, so long as they [the NLD] support our actions,” he continued. “We are currently trying to build trust between us.”

Aung Thaung added that although the old adversaries had been working together in parliament, it was too early to say whether they could co-operate in government after the 2015 election.

“It is difficult to say whether we will be allies or not. We have different ideas about state building and party rules, but we also have similar ideals, such as to improve people’s lives, improve the country, forge ethnic unity and let democracy flourish,” he said. “But we might have different ideas about how to go about this.”

Htay Oo, USDP vice chairman, said the party is ready to work with the NLD.

“We are all going to work together, we want to. We can discuss all relevant matters; the sovereignty of the state, unity and ethnic groups and so on,” he said on Thursday. “We regard the NLD as our partner. We have different ideas, but for the sake of the state, we must collaborate.”

But the USDP leaders said it was too early to announce which parts of the 2008 constitution were up for amendment. The NLD is also currently reviewing the constitution, and declined to comment as to which sections the party would wish to change. But the party did say it was reviewing sections of the constitution relating to running for president, passing legislation, the military’s role in politics and announcing states of emergency.

Win Myint, an NLD MP from Pathein Township, said despite being a minority party, the NLD would try to push for significant amendments.

“If we are building democratic country we must debate all ideas. It is public opinion whether it becomes law or not,” Win Myint said. “But we will try hard as far as we can.

“All will have to co-operate to change the law,” he went on. “Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said in a press conference on May 10…that she will cooperate with the USDP in the process of amending the constitution before 2015.”


9 Responses to We Will Work With Suu Kyi to Amend Constitution to ‘Benefit State’ — USDP

  1. Thanks for understanding & cooperating each other. This is the way work together to build pure democracy to get Burma about half a century in the dark hope democracy spot light make shine Burma.

  2. Any measures taken by the USDP are entirely chimerical, designed to fool the public into thinking things have changed. Just more lipstick on the pig!

  3. U thein Sein is very hard tying for all cronies, General family,opium group business to remove from US black list.we don’t know what is daw Aung san su kyi roll. interesting is US government allow all blick list people to follow with U Thein Sein for official metter,

  4. If both parties think it’s better to amend the whole constitution or rewrite it anew, I insist only one condition – don’t touch or change present article 59F and 121F. The rests, you can fry and eat it up if you all wish.
    I don’t agree the President of my country has members of foreign citizen. If Bogyoke Aung San were alive, I dare say, he will certainly reject about it. I know, I recognise and I adore Daw Suu’s beautiful heart and her goodwill for the country. However, she is simply inappropriate for the job for her family connection. She can do for the country even she has no government position. She can even outdo the government in many sectors. She shouldn’t be the one who manipulate the Article 74 (1) of 1947 constitution that was written by her father and his team for her own desire.
    Instead, she should concentrate on education, health, and to do more, to talk more about the violent conflicts with our ethnic brethren in the north and east.

  5. They’ve kissed and made up. Now they’re pleading ignorance. So much for the much vaunted transparency. The Thein & Suu show must go on. All top down and bottomless.

  6. USDP needs to. Other than that USDP will always be the bitterly hated party in history.

  7. Don’t say that you will work with ASSK? Say that you are going to interrupt.

  8. Good luck DASSK! I’ve found the statement a bit tricky.

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