Narinjara News, 25 March
Over one thousand people staged a demonstration at Sittwe on Wednesday asking provisions in favour of Arakan National Party (ANP) to form the Rakhine government.
The participants assembled at Winkabar ground of the Arakan’s capital city at around 2 pm and then marched on the city streets raising voices in favour of the ANP move and also criticized the National League for Democracy (NLD) for asking the post of Arakan chief minister for its member.
“ANP is a wining party in the last national polls (8 November 2015) with 23 members in Arakan State parliament. Now the party should get the opportunity to form the government at Sittwe,” said U Kyaw Win, a leader of the rally.
According to 2008 Burma Constitution, the chief ministers of various States and Divisions in the country should be appointed by the President. The NLD central committee member U Nyi Pu, who won from Gwa parliamentary constituency, is expecting to be the chief minister of Arakan.
“We want to see an ANP supported chief minister in Rakhine. For any reason, we are not ready to accept a Governor, appointed by the Central government, in our State,” asserted U Kyaw Win.
The demonstrators shouted various slogans like ‘Lets ANP form the government’, ‘Don’t support one party system’, ‘Winner ANP must get the opportunity’ etc. The rally was concluded by 3 pm.