Myanmar's President Thein Sein promises a ''smooth'' transition during a meeting he held with political parties a week after the landmark election. Natasha Howitt reports.
Political parties in Myanmar are being promised a "smooth" transition, a week after the country's first free nationwide elections in 25 years. At a meeting on Sunday, President Thein Sein reassured them. He said the transition to the next government would go according to schedule, and that he would make sure it is both "smooth and stable". He also called on the country's democratic system to be "active", telling political parties not elected to remain involved. In the election, Myanmar democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party - the National League for Democracy - clinched the majority of parliament's seats. They will now be able to elect a president and form a government when incoming lawmakers convene next year. Both Thein Sein and the country's powerful army chief have said they will respect the results. The last session of the old parliament reconvenes on Monday.