Senior NLD official U Win Htein denies party resignation
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.