Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi pushed the message of national reconciliation on Wednesday, lauding the choice of representatives from ethnic minorities and the army-backed party as parliamentary speakers in a chamber dominated by her allies.
Burma’s second parliament began on Monday with a session of the lower house in Naypyidaw, where the orange tunics of the National League for Democracy (NLD) provided bright reflection of the party’s thundering 2015 election win.
Aung San Suu Kyi’s last-minute decision to join Burma peace talks she had previously criticised took some attendees by surprise, and could boost the chances of progress with rebel groups who have so far resisted joining the process.
China said on Tuesday it had lodged a protest with Burma after a land mine injured a Chinese person on their common border, the latest incident of cross-border conflict to strain ties between the neighbours.
In the midst of optimism among the mainstream Burmese majority as well as the international cheerleaders of the ‘Myanmar Spring’, it is high time for our four leaders to snap out of the dark legacies of the past military rule.