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USDP on good terms with opposition parties - Shwe Mann

NAY PYI TAW - The chairman of the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) has said that their is no bad blood between the ruling party and opposition parties.

Thura Shwe Mann, who is also speaker of the Union Assembly, was answering reporters in the capital on Thursday where he insisted that despite past quarrels his party was on good terms with the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD).

 "Previously, there was fierce fighting between political parties. Though they had heated disagreement with intent to wipe out each other's parties, it still exists. Consequently Myanmar is in such a dire situation. Now we have no intent to fight. We will not regard each other as an enemy. We are all like colleagues," said Thura Shwe Mann.

Shwe Mann, however, was quick to add that both the NLD and the USDP would spare no effort to win the 2015 election but emphasised that a free and fair contest is necessary.

He also spoke of the need to reduce attacks between the political parties for the sake of national reconciliation. 

“The activities of political organisations in a country are the key to the success of that country's political affairs. As national reconciliation is vital, political parties formed in the national interest need to have sound relationship,” Shwe Mann said.

Reporters asked the USDP chairman why only allies of former junta leader General Than Shwe seemed to be in positions of influence ahead of next year’s elections. 

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