Home Affairs to investigate, prosecute presidential resignation rumours


NAY PYI TAW — NLD heavyweight U Win Htein says the Ministry of Home Affairs is investigating the source of rumours claiming the impending resignation of President U Htin Kyaw, with criminal charges expected for any culprits found during the probe.

Reports that Htin Kyaw — a longtime confidante of State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi — was unhappy in his role of as an effective figurehead and is considering his departure from the post have swirled for several months, hitting a crescendo once again in recent days.

“All of the [rumours] are wrong. We will reveal the person responsible,” Win Htain told reporters outside his room at the Nay Pyi Taw municipal guesthouse on Thursday.

The party spokesman said he had personally informed Home Affairs Minister Gen. Kyaw Swe of the case, asking for the perpetrator to be revealed so “we can take legal action against him”.

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“There are many rumours we’ve been hearing, whether it is being done by the USDP or some military organizations, or some IT experts who dislike us. It is difficult to guess,” he said, adding that he believed the rumours were being spread to undermine the stability of the government.

Win Htein said he believed the culprit was attempting to create distance between him and Aung San Suu Kyi, as several iterations of the resignation rumour had attributed him as the source of the claim.

“In that case, they’ve made a mistake” he said.

By Nyan Hlaing Lynn

By Nyan Hlaing Lynn

Nyan Hlaing Lynn is a former editor at People's Age Journal and Mizzima. He writes about politics, the military, ethnic conflict and social issues and is based in Nay Pyi Taw.
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