USDP titan U Aung Thaung dies in Singapore

YANGON — Sources close to the family confirmed that Union Solidarity and Development Party lawmaker and strategist U Aung Thaung passed away in Singapore at 8:15 this morning.

The Lower House MP for Mandalay Region’s Taungtha Township and former Minister of Industry under the military regime was rushed to Nay Pyi Taw’s 1,000 bed hospital on July 8 when he suffered a stroke. The 74-year old was transferred to Singapore the next day.

Earlier this year the US government decided to include him in the US Treasury’s Specially Designated Nationals list, for “intentionally undermining the positive political and economic transition in Burma.”

“Aung Thaung is perpetuating violence, oppression, and corruption,” said Adam J. Szubin, director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control, in a press release at the time.

His body will be flown back to Yangon on the late evening of 23 July, by private jet. A funeral ceremony will be held on Saturday. 

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