(Narinjara News, 27 June 2014)
An emergency meeting of Arakan State Parliament, which sat on Wednesday, has accepted in appointing an Army General as the new chief minister of Arakan. The meeting of Arakan Parliament that took place following the resignation of Arakan’s chief minister U Hla Maung Tin has agreed to Burma President U Thein Sein’s proposal in this regard.
U Hla Maung Tin resigned from his post on 19 June last with his personal desire, which was later accepted by the President U Thein Sein. The decision of the Union government was announced through a State run newspaper next day.
The Army General, poses to be next Arakan chief minister, is U Maung Maung Own, who used to serve as a Burma deputy minister for border affairs.
The Arakan Parliament started its working hour at 10 am of Wednesday. The chairman of Arakan State Parliament, U Htin Lin had announced two Army officers including U Maung Maung Own as the Army representative in the Parliament after their oaths.
Afterward, U Htin Lin read out a letter from the Burma President addressing the Arakan Parliament proposing U Maung Maung Own as the next chief minister of Arakan.
The chairman has however clarified that the lawmakers in the Arakan Parliament may oppose the proposal from the Union President in accordance with the parliamentary laws by 27 June 2014, if they have solid grounds or facts to oppose U Maung Maung Own’s candidature.
The next session of Arakan Parliament will start on 30 June 2014, where it is understood that the proposal for the new chief minister would be approved.
Burma is going for polls next year and the new chief minister would get only few months to solve various problems like poverty, social unrest and communal conflicts in the State.