YANGON -- With the National League for Democracy looking likely to gain enough seats in Myanmar's Nov.
8 poll to form a government early next year, party leader Aung San Suu Kyi has signaled her intent to meet soon with President Thein Sein, military chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and parliamentary Speaker Shwe Mann.
Even as vote counting continued on Wednesday, Suu Kyi requested the meeting, clearly in order to discuss the handover of power to a government that she has indicated she will run.
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10, were posted on the NLD Facebook page on the morning of Nov. Their publication prompted swift replies -- also on Facebook -- from Ye Htut, the president's spokesman, and from Shwe Mann.
The NLD said on Wednesday afternoon that Ye Htut, who is also Information Minister, passed on congratulations to the NLD from Thein Sein.
"In honour of the citizens' desire, the government will pursue a peaceful transfer in accordance with the legislated timeline," Ye Htut said, according to the NLD.
But whether Suu Kyi's request results in a single summit-style meeting between her and the three invitees, or a series of one-on-one meetings, remains to be seen.
"We cannot say yet about the format," said Zaw Htay, asked if the president would agree to a meeting involving Shwe Mann, who was ousted as head of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party in a pre-election purge.
Shwe Mann and Suu Kyi had formed a loose political alliance dating back to 2013, a year after she entered parliament upon winning a seat in a by-election.
The speaker backed the opposition leader's campaign to amend Myanmar's constitution that excludes nationals with foreign children or spouses from seeking the presidency.
The move is likely to have angered supporters of Thein Sein and top military brass.
Shwe Mann sought to run his own allies as USDP election candidates -- at the expense of those seen as close to Thein Sein -- in the USDP's ultimately disastrous election campaign.
Slow and steady The official vote count has been widely criticized for its slow pace.
By Wednesday evening, out of the 491 national parliament seats contested, the NLD had won 256 to a mere 21 for the USDP.