Published on Saturday, 02 November 2013 17:12
Myanmar's President Thein Sein said in his radio speech on Friday that extreme measures should be avoided in dealing with constitutional amendment.
The way a person may view the pace of the country's political process and reform depends on his or her view and judgment, said the president.
He said it was undeniable that democratic practices had begun to take shape in the Myanmar society.
"The ongoing political talks and debates on the constitution have proved that we are promoting our democratic practices," said Thein Sein.
In doing so, he said, all the people had to try to make sure that these democratic practices continue to flourish.
In this context, extremes measures should be avoided – slow action that could delay the democratisation and quick action that could cause gaps in the process, the president commented.
He also stressed the need to avoid political extremism over the constitutional amendment.
"Instead of simply focusing on what we want, we should act objectively with the right intention to fulfill the wishes of the people and try to achieve the possibilities available to us under the political background and the current political situation," said Thein Sein.
Regarding Thein Sein's remark about extremism, the spokesperson of the opposition National League for Democracy told the Daily Eleven that the president would mean those extremists who threateningly say what would happen if the constitution is not amended.
"We must accept the constitution to a certain degree whether or not we like it. National reconciliation is not possible by putting all the blame on the constitution just because we don't like it. But we will amend it. Officials concerned and parliamentarians will make coordination for this," said NLD's spokesman Nyan Win.
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