Published on Friday, 21 June 2013 18:39
Lower House Speaker Thura Shwe Mann (Photo-AFP)
Parliamentary Speaker and Presidential hopeful voiced his positive views about establishing a federal system while on an official visit to the United States, according to Myanmar's state-run media.
Speaker Thura Shwe Mann was quoted by the state-owned newspapers as saying that some people assume the federal issue to be the right of separation; it actually means power sharing and living in unity.
The Myanmar delegation led by Thura Shwe Mann was on an official US visit between June 8 to 18 at the invitation of the US House of Representatives and the Obama administration.
During the visit, he met with members of the US Senate and House of Representatives, opposition leaders, former Congress members and officials from the US State Department.
Mr. Shwe Mann, a former top military official, expressed his willingness to run for President in 2015 during an interview with the Voice of America. In a meeting with other organisations, he also expressed his positive views about federal system which would guarantee a degree of regional autonomy for Myanmar's ethnic nationalities.
Leaders of some ethnic parties have said that the Speakers stance on a federal system bodes well for the future of the nation although emphasised words must be followed by actions.
“Previously the military staged a coup because of the federal principle. It's a good sign that Shwe Mann, a former military official, made positive comments about federal system. But a genuine federal system cannot be achieved just by talking and writing about it,” said the Rakhine League for Democracy Chairman Aye Tha Aung.
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