Friday, August 18, 2017

Senior general promises to respect result, warns public to do the same

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing has promised to respect the outcome of today’s landmark election, and said he wants the party that people can “really depend on” to win.

He also pledged that there would not be a repeat of the 1990 election, when the National League for Democracy won in a landslide, claiming around 80 percent of seats, but the results were never honoured by the military junta.

“What I hope is that through this election we will have a result that can build a strong democratic system," he told reporters after casting his vote.

Asked about stability during the long transition period – the next government will not take office until late March – Senior General Min Aung Hlaing said the public must accept the election results announced by the Union Election Commission.

"Whoever you are – the winner or loser – you must accept the election result. If not then problems can happen. Recognising the election result is the democratic way and also shows how mature people are when it comes to politics,” he said.

"If problems happen, the administrative body will take action according to the law. The military will take part if necessary. But f [there is no problem] we don't want to be involved.”