Myanmar’s democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi discussed the smooth transfer of power to her party with President Thein Sein on Wednesday, the first time the two have met since her National League for Democracy (NLD) swept a November election.
When the new administration is sworn in early next year, it will be the first time since 1960 that a democratically elected government will take office in the country crippled by decades of military rule.
But workable ties with the military, which retains considerable power, will be crucial for Suu Kyi as her party seeks a smooth debut in government.
Among the Nobel laureate’s first post-victory moves was to ask for reconciliation talks with reformist ex-general Thein Sein and armed forces supremo Min Aung Hlaing, whose military runs the interior, defense and border affairs ministries under a constitution drafted before the end of its half-century rule.
Suu Kyi had a closed-door meeting with Thein Sein at his residence in Naypyitaw and the 45-minute talks were centered on the transfer of power, said the president’s spokesman and information minister, Ye Htut.
She was due to meet Min Aung Hlaing in the afternoon.
“We have opened a communication channel between the two sides,” Ye Htut, told a news conference.
“They mainly focused on the smooth and peaceful transfer of the state responsibilities to the future government… to cooperate bilaterally so that there won’t be any concerns among the people.”
He said the transfer to a new president was “completely unprecedented in our history.”
However, Myanmar’s constitution…