Narinjara News, 1 March 2017:
The Arakan League for Democracy (ALD)’s former chairman and current Amyotha Hluttaw Deputy Speaker U Aye Thar Aung was not included among the list of 20 leaders when the application to register the ALD was submitted to the Union Election Commission (UEC) on 20 February.
“U Aye Thar Aung was not included because he hasn’t decided yet,” U Myo Kyaw said to Narinjara News on his return from submitting the application for party registration.
Many people have expected him to become involved in the reestablishment of the ALD since he led the party when it won 11 seats in the 1990 Election and he has been having frictions with the chairman of the Arakan National Party (ANP) but he was not involved.
The ALD has been re-registered with 20 leaders and U Aye Thar Aung was not included even though eight members of the former Central Executive Committee have been included among the 20 leaders. Four of the leaders are women and the party will be led by U Kyaw Myint, who served as vice chairman of the former ALD, according to U Myo Kyaw.
“We haven’t reached the stage of selecting the positions for chairman and secretary. We are only at the stage of establishment. The leader and deputy leader will be selected in the next stage,” he said.
The ALD was dissolved when it merged with the Rakhine Nationalities Development Party (RNDP) to form the Arakan National Party (ANP).
U Myo Kyaw confirmed that the re-registration of the ALD has been accepted by the UEC.
He explained that the ALD merged with the RNDP with the aim for unity but the former members of the ALD decided to re-register the party due to disagreements, attacks between each side and sackings in the ANP.
“The approval for party establishment will be given around next month. The Ministry of Home Affairs will investigate the 20 leaders who have been included in the name list. We hope the permission will be given afterward,” he added.
This is the third time the ALD has submitted for permission to register the party.