Kyaw Zaw Oo, a member of the Arakan National Party’s Central Executive Committee, has become the latest politician to the defect from the increasingly enfeebled ethnic Rakhine political party, which saw its chairman resign last week.
The Arakan National Party will hold a meeting of members of its Central Executive Committee to discuss the resignation letter submitted by its chairman, Aye Maung, who officially signalled his intention to leave the party earlier this week.
In a development certain to shake up the political arena in Rakhine State and beyond, the leader of the Arakan National Party has submitted a letter of resignation, throwing one of Burma’s most prominent ethnic political parties into further disarray.
Following the resignations of three Arakan National Party (ANP) lawmakers in as many days, the trio intend to join the rival, resuscitated Arakan League for Democracy (ALD), according to the ALD’s general secretary.
Two defections this week by sitting lawmakers formerly pledging fealty to the Arakan National Party (ANP) have made clear that divisions within one of Burma’s most formidable ethnic political parties continue to fester.
The Arakan National Party says its decision on whether or not to participate in the 21st Century Panglong Conference’s second round will be made after weighing the outcomes of a meeting of the Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee this week.
The prominent Rakhine nationalist politician Aye Maung was arrested on Thursday and is facing criminal prosecution after he gave a speech in which, according to state media, he “urged the people to take advantage of the weakness of the government and to march towards the goal of sovereignty.”
A member of the Union Election Commission tells a session of Parliament’s Upper House that a by-election will be held sometime in 2018 to fill eight vacant seats in legislatures at the state, regional and national level.
A Union Election Commission member says Burma expects to hold a by-election in 2018, adding that the commission will plan the poll to fill the vacant seats if the chambers of the respective parliaments request that the UEC do so.
The Union Election Commission has summoned a spokesperson for the Union Solidarity and Development Party to provide evidence after the latter questioned the commission’s ability to rule on electoral disputes impartially.
The Union Election Commission announces that a member of the Shan State legislature from the Union Solidarity and Development Party will be unseated, with the National League for Democracy runner-up in a by-election held earlier this year taking his place.
Relief agencies struggling to reach hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims displaced by strife in northwestern Burma are facing rising hostility from ethnic Arakanese Buddhists who accuse the United Nations and foreign aid groups of only helping Muslims.
A Union minister has said the presence of security forces will be boosted in Arakan State, a troubled border region where recent violence has renewed scrutiny on the government, its handling of militants and a 10-month counter-insurgency campaign against them.
In a surprise move, Commander-in-Chief Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing and top officials from the Arakan National Party (ANP) met in Naypyidaw on Wednesday, according to the Office of the Commander-in-Chief.