More than half of the central executive committee (CEC) members elected by the Union Solidarity and Development Party signed a petition calling for an emergency conference to assess the legality of the party's expulsions of 17 members, according to Thura Shwe Mann, chair of the Legal Affairs and Special Cases Assessment Commission.
Taunggup, April 26
Thousands of people held a public rally in support of the Arakan National Party (ANP) in Taunggup, Thandwe and Gwa townships in Rakhine State on Tuesday, reports say.
The participants said they support the opposition status of the ANP and said they believe the ANP should form the Rakhine State government.
Thura Shwe Mann says he thinks the public and certain organisations, other party members, must decide whether his removal from the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) was lawful or not. The former Union parliament speaker was ousted from the party along with 16 other party members on April 22.
He addressed the issue at the Legal Affairs and Special Cases Assessment Commission meeting on April 25 in Nay Pyi Taw, according to his Facebook page.
Officials from five Kayin parties will meet at the end of April to draft a policy for their integration plan, said Mann Aung Pyi Soe, vice chairperson of the Phalon-Sawaw Democratic Party (PSDP) yesterday.
The two-day meeting will take place in Hpa-an, Kayin State, on April 29 and 30.
Mann Kyaw Nyein, general secretary of the Karen National Party, said: “The meeting will focus on drafting a policy.”
The meeting will be attended by the 10-member committee comprised of two persons from each involved party.
The Union Solidarity and Development Party ousted 17 members from the party after its central executive committee meeting on April 22, the sacked party members confirmed.
Zaw Myint Pe said: “I received a dismissal letter about the sacking of 17 members from the party on the morning of April 24. The USDP sent dismissal letters to each of the sacked members.”
In its effort to amend the Prison Act, the Assistant Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) will submit suggestions to the parliament, said AAPP secretary Aung Myo Kyaw on April 24.
The Lower House’s Farming and Labour Affairs Committee has received around 400 complaints about farmland disputes.
The main duty of the committee is to scrutinise complaints and petitions and then report to Parliament through the Speaker in an attempt to resolve farming and labour disputes.
The Joint General Secretary of the United Nationalities Federation Council (UNFC) Tun Zaw says his members are concerned about the peace process amid ongoing clashes. He said there was still a willingness to hold talks with the National League for Democracy administration but doubted that it had any control on the armed forces.
He said the UNFC has been preparing for peace talks since the NLD won last November's election. The UNFC is composed of rebel armies that did not sign the nationwide ceasefire agreement last October. The UNFC met in Chiang Mai from April 19 to 22.
Unconfirmed reports say the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) has dismissed 17 party members, including its former co-chairman Thura Shwe Mann, the current parliamentary Legal Affairs and Special Cases Assessment Commission.