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THEIN SEIN WOULD ACCEPT SUU KYI AS BURMESE PRESIDENT SO LONG AS NOTHING HAPPENS TO HER BEFORE THEN
September 30 2012
Naypyidaw, Burma – Amidst all the turmoil going on in the Middle East and North Africa as those countries struggle to evolve into modern democracies, there is an experiment going on in the Far East that many people have overlooked, one that hasn’t required riots or revolutions.
The switch in Burma, or Myanmar, has been perhaps one of the most remarkable of the last few years. That country has gone from a brutal dictatorship, arguably the world’s worst, to an increasingly open democracy that has embraced open media and the concept of freedom to a country that has not had it before it.
Now the long-time dictator of Burma, Thein Sein, has dropped a bombshell, saying that democracy advocate, who was held in home confinement for years, Aung San Suu Kyi could one day be President, even as early as the next election in 2015 and that he would respect her as leader should that happen. Sein made the statement in public and wished Suu Kyi well in the election and expressed his sincere hope that she will be healthy enough to run for President.
“Whether she will become a leader of the nation depends on the will of the people. If the people accept her, then I will have to accept her,” said Sein. “There isn't any problem between me and Aung San Suu Kyi. We are working together.”
Suu Kyi has not indicated that she might run for President but everyone does seem to love her so it could probably work should she stay healthy.
Suu Kyi will be 70 by the time 2015 rolls around and at that age any number of things could happen.
“It really would be a remarkable turnaround to have something like that happen, really something that would have been unimaginable just a couple of years ago but I guess that could be said about just about everything that has happened n Burma recently. It’s really been something to watch and hopefully it continues,” said Scrape TV International analyst Gustav Hander. “I mean hopefully for them. I don’t really care to be honest because I don’t live in Burma and have no desire to ever live there so to me personally it doesn’t really matter but it’s got to be a good thing for them, has to be.”
Prior to the move towards democracy, Burma was a pretty rough place to live with people being killed all the time, like all the time so they do know how to do that, violence that is.
“It would be something to see Suu Kyi to rise to the top and become President but 2015 is still a long ways off and who knows what could happen in that time. She may not even want to run for President and would prefer to just stay healthy and happy in her current role and not push things too far, not risking too much,” continued Hander. “But you never know. She does seem to be very confident and I’m sure she sees herself as the principle reason Burma has turned to democracy and so she would naturally be inclined to further that and take over the country, for the people of course, only for the people, and with that kind of cult of personality she could certainly do just that.”
Sein has not made his future plans clear and it will likely depend in part on Suu Kyi’s health.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent