by Naung Khaing Aung
Narinjara News, 21 August 2017:
The Arakan League for Democracy (ALD), which splits from Arakan National Party (ANP) recently opened its head office at Kyauk Taw in Arakan State.
U Kyaw Mying, a senior party leader officially opened the office on Sunday morning, in presence of around 300 supporters.
“Many leaders representing various political parties like NLD, USDP, National Unity Party, Arakan Patriotic Party, Mro Development Party, Mro National Party, Dynet Development Party etc were present on the occasion. Our leader Mying delivered an opening speech describing the need of the office here,” said ALD’s spokesperson U Myo Kyaw.
Soon after the opening ceremony, the ALD leaders held a meeting with the leaders from Rakhine ethnic parties namely Arakan Patriotic Party, Mro Development Party, Mro National Party and Dynet Development Party.
“The meeting discussed about ALD’s policy and future plans, where Mr Mying described that the ALD would work not only for Rakhine people, but all Arakanese ethnic nationalities like Mro, Khami, Dynet etc. He
insisted on sustainable unity among all ethnic nationalities in Arakan,” added Kyaw.
History of ALD
The ALD was founded on 27 September 1989, in Yangon, and it was registered with the election commission on 2 October 1989. It contested 25 seats in the 1990 general elections,receiving the majority of the vote at the Rakhine State.Nationally it received 1.2% of the vote, winning 11 seats, making it the third-largest party.However, the ALD was banned by the military government on 6 March 1992.
On 6 April 2012, the ALD was allowed to be re-established as a political party by the Union Election Commission, as its application complied with the law and rules of the election commission.In November, members of the ALD claimed that they had been threatened by local authorities with the abolition of the party, due to an alleged recruitment membership fraud.
On 17 June 2013, The Rakhine Nationalities Development Party (RNDP) and the Arakan League for Democracy signed an agreement to merge under the name Arakan National Party (ANP).With the formation of the new party, the Arakan League for Democracy was officially dissolved on 6 March 2014.
On 8 January 2017, former leaders of the ALD announced that they were splitting from the ANP and were re-registering with the Union Election Commission for the 2020 elections, citing internal issues and RNDP dominance in the ANP as the reasons for the split.