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US to work with new Myanmar govt to promote HR, freedom of all

The United States has said it looks forward to continuing to work with Myanmar’s new government to foster respect for the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all.

The US said it will also work with the new government in Myanmar to promote inclusive economic prosperity, achieve lasting peace throughout the country.

“The United States remains a dedicated partner of the people of Burma in their pursuit of democracy, development, and national reconciliation,” said Michael R. Pompeo, US Secretary of State in a statement on Myanmar parliamentary elections.

The United States recognized that Myanmar’s parliamentary elections, the second competitive national election since the end of military rule, mark an important step in the country’s democratic transition.

Millions of people, including young people voting for the first time, exercised their right to elect their representatives.

“We appreciate the efforts of all who worked to make these elections possible, particularly in light of the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said the US Secretary of State.

Nevertheless, the US said, they are concerned by the large number of unelected seats constitutionally reserved for the military; the disfranchisement of groups including Rohingya; cancellation of voting in parts of several states and regions; and the disqualification of candidates based on arbitrary application of citizenship and residency requirements, which prevent the realization of a more democratic and civilian government.

The United States said it will continue to closely monitor the electoral process.

“We call on all relevant authorities to ensure tabulation of votes and resolution of complaints is undertaken in a transparent and credible manner,” said the US Secretary of State.

Myanmar’s ruling National League for Democracy claimed Monday it had won a clear parliamentary majority and would retain power, even though the state election body has named just a few of the winners in Sunday’s elections, reports AP.

The Union Election Commission earlier said full results may take a week. By 8 p.m., it had announced the winners of just nine of Parliament’s 642 seats, all nine NLD candidates.

An NLD spokesperson, Monywa Aung Shin, said the party had confirmed it won more than 322 seats — a majority — but the final outcome “would be likely more than” the party’s goal of 377 seats.

Source: United News of Bangladesh