Myanmar new president makes first speech calling for national reconsolidation

08:24, March 31, 2011      

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Myanmar new President U Thein Sein made his first speech in the parliament Wednesday after swearing in, calling for national reconsolidation to build a modernized nation.

Thein Sein and two vice presidents -- U Tin Aung Myint Oo and Dr. Sai Mauk Kham were sworn in to office in Nay Pyi Taw Wednesday in the presence of union parliament speaker.

Thein Sein stressed the need to build the nation with three main forces which are political, economic and defense.

He said "although some people do not accept the seven-step roadmap, we invite them to cooperate on the basis of mutual benefit. We welcome them and open the door to them".

He vowed to adopt the market-oriented economic policy to build an industrialized nation, encouraging the private sector, inviting foreign investment and amending suitably laws and provisons with more laws to be enacted.

Militarily, he pledged to build a modernized armed forces, while dealing foreign affairs, he said the country will pursue an independent and non-aligned policy and endeavors for improved relations.

He maintained that foreign pressure on Myanmar should stop now, emphasizing the need for all political forces in the country to cooperate.

According to an announcement of the former ruling State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), issued on Wednesday, after the swearing ceremony, the SPDC was dissolved and power was transfered to the new elected civilian government.

Source: Xinhua
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