While I was in Myanmar for a week, there were also the celebrations for the 65th Union Day, remembering events in 1947 which led to independence from colonial rule. In his speech at the occasion, U Thein Sein, the President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, did not only look back, but also into the future, reflecting the new policies of the new government:
In building the democratic nation, three main pillars – legislative, executive and judicial powers – are to be practiced democratically in compliance with the constitution. So, people’s representatives elected by the people are amending, supplementing, and revoking old laws, and formulating and enacting new ones.
Successful establishment of a modern, developed democratic new nation calls for a combination of democracy with good governance, and the new government, therefore, is focusing on good governance and clean government.
The rule of law is of crucial importance to the establishment of a democratic nation. All the citizens, including those personalities, organizations, and staff enforcing the rule of law, are to abide by law. As for the rule of law, the government is protecting every citizen to be able to enjoy equal rights, while strengthening the judicial pillar.
(From a translation in the daily English language newspaper New Light Of Myanmar, 12 February 2012)