Yangon, 5 March 2016
Senior National League for Democracy (NLD) leader U Nyi Pu is poised to be the next Chief Minister of Arakan. The NLD central executive committee has decided on Friday to elevate the elected Parliamentarian from Gwa township as the head of Arakan State government.
U Nyi Pu, who is the head of NLD’s Arakan State unit, won the Gwa seat in the last 8 November 2015 general elections. He is also a central committee member of NLD, which is led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
The NLD leader had to face initial challenges from his rival U Maung Maung, who is a member of USDP and he also served the State as a minister. Later U Nyi Pu overcame the problem.
The Arakan National Party (ANP) has however remained silent over the issue without revealing its support to U Nyi Pu. Earlier it stated in a release that the party members would boycott the process, if they were not offered proper space. The ANP has 22 representatives in the 34 member Arakan State Parliament.
The political analysts as well as common people were eager to understand the relationship between the NLD and ANP. Once U Nyi Pu becomes the Arakan Chief Minister, the relationship between the two influential political parties might deteriorate, speculated the Arakanese analysts.