Shan battles endanger by-election: parties


Politicians in Shan State are worried about the April 1 by-election since fighting broke out in Mongshu in southern Shan State.

The Tatmadaw and the Shan State Progressive Party exchanged fire on January 21 in Mongshu and Mongsan. A central committee member of the rebel group, Sai Naw Leik, said: “We did not start firing. They said it was about opium cultivation. It was because of them. If both sides will withdraw, peace will be restored.”

The SSPP did not sign the nationwide ceasefire agreement.

Nang Kaung Kham, a representative of Monghsu constituency, said: “We are worried about the by-election. Both sides should be cautious."

Shan National League for Democracy member Sai Tun Tun Oo said: “There are clashes in Mongshu. Although clashes do not occur all the time, it is very close to the by-election.”

Translated by Thetmon