Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Veteran politician optimistic about next year’s general election

Veteran politician Thakin Tin Mya has weighed into the debate about next year’s general election, telling guests at a book launch it will “change the landscape” of politics in Myanmar.

At a ceremony on October 18 to mark the release of journalist U Myat Khine’s new book, Meeting with Thakin Tin Mya, said he was optimistic the election would be a positive step for the Myanmar people.

“It’s democracy, a kind of guided form of democracy. But it is better to have this kind of democracy rather than nothing,” he said at the function, held at the Sarpay Lawka bookshop in downtown Yangon.

Thakin Tin Mya appealed for the military, public and political parties to cooperate so the country could move forward.

Outside interference should not be a far in the election, he added.

“Sanctions and international pressure cannot govern the political situation of the country. The political parties need to cooperate for positive change,” he said.