Myanmar's ruling party says 'coalition government' with Aung San Suu Kyi-led National League for Democracy is likely

Yangon (Eleven Media/ANN) - "Original title: Ruling party says 'coalition government' with Suu Kyi-led NLD is likely"

The leader of Myanmar's ruling party has said they will likely to form a coalition government with Aung San Suu Kyi-led National League for Democracy (NLD) after the elections in 2015.

Ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party chairman and Lower House speaker Thura Shwe Mann told the AP during his visit to the United States on Thursday.

A Myanmar parliamentary delegation headed by Thura Shwe Mann kicked off the US visit on June 8 at the invitation of the Speaker of the US House of Representatives.

Shwe Mann also said his party is cooperating with NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

When asked the likelihood of the coalition, he said it was too early to say, but it could be.

"The matter will be decided by the time. But the important thing is to have trust between Suu Kyi and us, Shwe Mann said through an interpreter.

Both Shwe Mann and Suu Kyi have recently told the media that they are willing to become President for the nation and the people.

Asked whether it was necessary for parliament to do more to protect Bengali Muslims in Myanmar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Shwe Mann said action would be taken against anyone who breaks the existing laws.

"Whatever you call Bengali or Rohingya, our laws have no discrimination against any religion," the speaker said.

"We still have weaknesses in the rule of law. This is why we are trying to ensure the rule of law in the country," he said.

During the US visit, Shwe Mann is scheduled to meet top officials from the US State Department, prominent Congress members and Myanmar families in the US.

With regard to amendments to the constitution that bars Suu Kyi from becoming president, Shwe Mann said he did not want to give a comment about that. His comment could impact on another person or harm his or her interest because the issue is the concern of the majority of the people, he added.

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