Internal NLD elections to be held soon: Party leaders

By NYAN HLAING LYNN | FRONTIER

NAY PYI TAW — Internal elections will soon be held to replace hundreds of National League for Democracy members elected to serve in parliaments across the country, party spokesman U Nyan Win told the media on Sunday.

At a meeting held at the Nay Pyi Taw Municipal Guesthouse, home to most NLD lawmakers when Union Parliament was in session, Nyan Win told MPs that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s ministerial responsibilities meant that she had relinquished her role as party chairperson.

The 2008 Constitution bars members of the Union ministry from holding party political office.

With a number of positions vacant at every level from township NLD offices to the party’s central executive committee, veteran party member U Win Htein told reporters that Sunday’s meeting had discussed the best way of replacing those who had resigned office after taking their seats in January to focus on their parliamentary responsibilities.

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“The party conference cannot be convened at the moment, because it will take around three months to reorganise the party,” U Win Htein said, adding that details of the elections would be released in the coming week.

Plans are also underway to reorganise the party’s youth wing, with an age limit for contesting party office to be reduced from 35 to 30.

In Suu Kyi’s absence, Sunday’s meeting was led by Pyithu Hluttaw speaker U Win Myint, Mandalay Region Chief Minister Dr. Zaw Myint Maung, and members of the party’s central executive committee, including economic policy adviser U Han Thar Myint.

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