Ethnic Leaders Foresee Burma’s Interim Govt As The Way Forward
By Network Media Group
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Ethnic leaders said that the formation of the interim government, which includes many ethnic
representatives, is a positive step for the establishment of a federal union in Burma.
Padoh Mahn Mahn, spokesperson of Karen National Union Brigade 5, said the
National Unity Government (NUG), established by the Committee Representing Pyidaungsu
Hluttaw (CRPH), will allow for federalism.
“It is because NUG follows CRPH’s Federal Democracy Charter (FDC) that we expect we can
build a federal democratic union that all the ethnic nationalities want,” Padoh Mahn Mahn told
CRPH revealed the charter on March 31 after annulling the controversial 2008 Constitution.
FDC supports the formation of a federal union, which the ethnic nationalities have long
CRPH consists of elected MPs from the National League for Democracy ousted by the military
regime during the February 1 coup.
Khu Thae Reh, general secretary of the Kayah State Democratic Party said NUG wants to build
unity with the minority groups. In the past, he said his party called a “national unity government”.
Nai Banyar Mon, director of Federal Affairs and Policy Center, is confident “they can build a
federal democratic union very similar to what ethnic nationalities desire” if the interim
government incorporates the first part of the charter.
Not all of the ethnic nationalities have representatives in NUG but Gumgrawng Awng Hkam,
former chair for Kachin Democratic Party, told NMG the interim govt is trying its best to convince
them to join. He said all ethnic groups should participate in the new government. “They must
have all-inclusive participation to build a federal union, and I think they need to discuss this with
all the stakeholders.”
Representatives from the Kachin, Karen, Karenni, Mon, Chin and Ta’ang communities already are included in the interim government.
Duwa Lashi La, NUG’s vice-president and an ethnic Kachin, said everyone in the new
government must adhere to the principles outlined in the FDC for the right path forward.