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The executive committee of the Arakan National Party’s Sittwe chapter has been dissolved after party leaders decided this week that committee members were not meeting expectations.
Party officials decided to dissolve the executive committee, citing unsatisfactory performance, during a party officials’ meeting on Wednesday at the ANP headquarters in Sittwe, the Arakan State capital.
“There were no satisfactory performances, in terms of working for the national interest,” said Tun Aung Kyaw, general secretary of the ANP. “Some township-level party executive committees do not coordinate with the party’s headquarters and carry out measures [of their own initiative]. We discussed such matters and decided to dissolve the committee.”
Tun Aung Kyaw added, “Initially, the Sittwe EC [executive committee] had 25 members. Two vice chairpersons and two secretaries of the committee attended the meeting. We will form the committee again soon.”
The executive committee members of the ANP’s Sittwe chapter were selected in 2014, the same year the party was formed out of the merger of the Arakan League for Democracy (ALD) and the Rakhine Nationalities Development Party (RNDP).
The dissolution of the Sittwe executive committee is the latest internal drama to roil the ANP, one of the country’s most influential ethnic political parties.
Its formation via merger put the party in a strong position to perform well in the 2015 general election — and it did, winning 10 seats in the Upper House, 13 in the Lower House and 23 in the Arakan State legislature. But factionalisation that was already emerging pre-election has intensified in the months since, falling largely along loyalties to the old ALD and RNDP.
The ALD was reconstituted this year by some former members of the ANP, and the latter party has seen several other members defect in recent months.
It was not immediately clear whether this week’s disbanding of the Sittwe executive committee was related to the ALD-RNDP schism.