Se­nior NLD official U Win Htein de­nies party res­ig­na­tion

The Myanmar Times - - News - EI EI TOE LWIN eieitoel­win@mm­times.com

VET­ERAN Na­tional League for Democ­racy official U Win Htein has de­nied ru­mours cir­cu­lat­ing on so­cial me­dia that he had re­signed from the party due to poor health. A sup­pos­edly official state­ment from the NLD did the rounds on­line on Septem­ber 24, stat­ing that the party would let U Win Htein re­tire given his health prob­lems.

The state­ment in­cluded an official party seal and said U Win Htein had handed in a let­ter of res­ig­na­tion to party head­quar­ters on Septem­ber 23, which was also posted on­line.

In the dis­avowed let­ter, the NLD official pur­port­edly cited health prob­lems as his rea­son for step­ping down from his role as a mem­ber of the NLD’s cen­tral ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee. It also said he ad­mit­ted to hav­ing made a num­ber of poor de­ci­sions in re­solv­ing party dis­putes, es­pe­cially his role in the re­moval of ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­bers in Shan State.

Ear­lier this month, U Win Htein trav­elled to the NLD’s Taung­gyi town­ship of­fice to over­see changes to the lo­cal lead­er­ship. While there, he ter­mi­nated the party mem­ber­ship of U Tin Maung Toe, chair of the party’s Taung­gyi dis­trict branch, who had posted crit­i­cism on­line about re­cently an­nounced changes to the state’s south­ern ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber­ship.

His ac­tions – which sev­eral lo­cal party lead­ers in Shan State crit­i­cised – were seen as par­tic­u­larly con­tro­ver­sial be­cause he said State Coun­sel­lor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi had or­dered the lead­er­ship reshuf­fle.

In the dis­avowed res­ig­na­tion let­ter, U Win Htein pur­port­edly apol­o­gises “for the mis­use of the name of State Coun­selor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi while re­solv­ing the prob­lem in Shan State”.

But re­spond­ing to the ma­te­ri­als cir­cu­lat­ing on­line, U Win Htein was un­equiv­o­cal in deny­ing their au­then­tic­ity.

“The state­ment is fake and con­tains wrong in­for­ma­tion,” he said.

He said he was healthy and fully ca­pa­ble of han­dling his party du­ties.

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