Myanmar marks independence day, president calls for unity

Myanmar marked its 68th independence day on Monday.

In a message to the celebrating occasion, the country’s president called for national unity to overcome challenges facing the path to democracy.

The message was read by vice president of the country on behalf of President U Thein Sein at the national flag raising ceremony in Nay Pyi Taw’s City Hall early Monday.

It says quote “The nation’s independence, security and development can only be ensured through the combined efforts of the government, all political forces such as the parliament, political parties, the armed forces and the entire people.”

It also stresses the need to promote rural development, education, health culture and the necessity of poverty cut.

Myanmar is now in a profound transition, as its current parliament expires on Jan. 31, 2016.

The country held general election last November, in which the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) led by Aung San Suu Kyi won the majority.

And the landslide victory enabled the NLD party to form the government independently and gave it the right to nominate the president and two vice presidents.

Myanmar got independence from the British colonialists on Jan. 4, 1948.

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