Burmese president still undecided about seeking second term
Share this on

Burmese president still undecided about seeking second term

Burma President Thein Sein’s office says he has not yet decided whether to pursue a second term but will base his decision on how the ruling party fares in November’s parliamentary elections.

The president’s office denied a news report Tuesday that quoted an anonymous official as saying Thein Sein would not run in parliamentary elections due to health concerns.

Reuters quoted the official as saying: “The president wrote a letter to U Shwe Mann, chairman of the ruling USDP Party, that he will not run in the next general election because of his health condition”

Zaw Htay, director of the president’s office, told The Associated Press that Thein Sein would decide whether to seek a second term when he knows the results of the Nov. 8 elections.

(READ MORE: Analysis: Why Burma’s election will be neither free nor fair)

He also said the president is “in good health.” Thein Sein is thought to have a pacemaker.

The former military commander was elected to parliament in 2010, before becoming a vice-president and then president.

The upcoming polls will be the second general election since Burma ended a half-century of military rule and handed power to a nominally civilian government in 2011.

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi confirmed at the weekend that her National League for Democracy will contest November’s elections.

Suu Kyi told reporters Saturday in the capital, Naypyitaw that her party intends to complete Burma’s transition to democracy. She didn’t say if her party will contest all seats because it was not certain if elections can be held in all constituencies.

The historic election is scheduled for November 8.

Additional reporting from Associated Press