New Arakan political party chooses two leaders

The new political party of the Rakhine ethnicities, Arakan League for Democracy (ALD), has chosen two leaders and has drawn the constitution, rules and policy based on the former party which was dissolved in 2013 after merging with the Rakhine National Development Party (RNDP) into Arakan National Party (ANP).

A member of the party establishing committee Myo Kyaw said: “We have chosen Kyaw Myint as a party leader

The party establishing committee held a meeting on March 27 and 28 in Pauktaw Township, Rakhine State for licensing and works in the future.

A member of the party establishing committee Myo Kyaw said: “We have chosen Kyaw Myint as a party leader. He is also a founder. Aung Soe from Yanbyal Township has been chosen as second leader. We also discussed the party’s future works. We might face some difficulties since party members are from different places of Rakhine State. Therefore, we have chosen five members in order to amend the constitution of the party. They are the party leaders and second leader, Myo Kyaw, U Hla Myint and Thar Thar Maung. Since the ALD was established in 1988, we have amended some provisions of the constitution in the 2012 by-election in order to match the era’s demand. The party’s policies will include equality, federalism and autonomy.”

The elected party leader Kyaw Myint was the vice-chairperson of the ANP.

The ALD was elected in 1990 Election. It applied to the Union Election Commission on February 27 to establish itself after separating from the ANP.

Myo Kyaw said: “We have been trying to prevent the country from one-party dictatorship and various types of dictatorships. We aim to build the federal democratic union that provides equality, empowerment and autonomy for the ethnics in Rakhine. We will continue walking on this political platform in 2020.”

The two Rakhine political parties, the ALD and the RNDP, were merged into the ANP as a response to the Rakhine political condition. The ANP was elected in 2015 election for ten seats for the Upper House, twelve seats for the Lower House, twenty –three seats in the Rakhine State Parliament and one Rakhine Ethnic Affairs Minister in Yangon Region.

The ALD and the RNDP were involved in different ethnic political alliances before they merged into the ANP. The ANP could not decide in which ethnic political alliances to be involved. After the 2015 election, the ANP decided to get involved in the ethnic alliance in which the RNDP is involved. Then, conflicts happened in the ANP.

Translated by Thet Mon