ASIA/MYANMAR - A Bishop: "The new Parliament, a positive step"

Tuesday, 2 February 2016 politics   justice   peace  

Yangon (Agenzia Fides) - "The opening session of the new Parliament is a very positive step. We are living a constructive atmosphere in politics and society. We are going in the right direction, marked by transparency, democracy and justice": says to Agenzia Fides His Exc Mgr. Raymond Saw Po Ray, Bishop of Mawlamyine and President of the "Justice and Peace Commission" within the Bishops' Conference of Myanmar.
"In this phase – he remarks – we need to be patient, work together and be able to negotiate, even in politically sensitive phases. On our behalf, we can pray and hope, supporting morally and spiritually every positive effort that points to the progress of the nation".
According to the Bishop "priorities in the field of justice and peace is to deal with the process of national reconciliation with ethnic minorities, and to work for the development and welfare of the poor who are still a large majority in society".
The new Parliament of Myanmar started its work yesterday. The majority party is the National League for Democracy, the party of leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who won in the elections in November 2015 with 80% of popular vote. According to the Constitution, the military retain a quarter of the seats in parliament and will keep three key ministries, the Interior, Defence and the Ministry of Borders. In late March the Assembly will elect the new president of the nation, while on April 1 the mandate of current president and former general Thein Sein ends. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 02/02/2016)