( Narinjara News, 22 July 2014)
Arakan National Party (ANP), will hold its first conference in September at Thandwe, a southern district town of Arakan. It was decided by the party leaders in a two-day meeting (19 & 20 July) held in Rangoon.
U Aye Tha Aung, senior leader of the ANP, while addressing a press meet disclosed that the five-day ANP conference would start on 25 September 2014.
“The conference is very important for our party, because it will be the first time we are meeting after combining Arakan League for Democracy (ALD) and Rakhine National Development Party (RNDP),” he added.
The ALD won 11 Parliamentary seats in 1990 general election from Arakan and the RNDP won 34 Parliamentary seats in 2010 general election from the State. Now both the parties have come together as a single entity following the wishes of the Arakanese people.
Since March 2014, the party leaders are trying their best to organize the first conference of ANP, where the party central committee members including the president, vice-president and general secretary are expected to get elected.
The conference would also witness the framing of criteria for the representatives who prefer to participate in the general election.
“The party leaders have chosen Thandwe town as the venue of the ANP conference. But it may be shifted to other town in need. Taungup, also located in south Arakan may be selected for the same,” revealed U Aye Tha Aung.
Some Arakan based political analysts argue that the ANP would win some seats from the south Arakan constituencies in the forthcoming general election scheduled for 2015. Understanding the potentiality, the ANP leaders have also opted to organize the conference in southern localities of the State.