Yan­gon chief pro­moted

The Myanmar Times - - Front Page - Shun­lei­win95@gmail.com SHOON NAING

The Na­tional League for Democ­racy has ap­pointed two party mem­bers to its cen­tral ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee, in­clud­ing Yan­gon Re­gion Chief Min­is­ter U Phyo Min Thein.

YAN­GON Re­gion Chief Min­is­ter U Phyo Min Thein has been pro­moted to the up­per ech­e­lons of the Na­tional League for Democ­racy lead­er­ship, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment re­leased yes­ter­day evening.

The well-known 88 Gen­er­a­tion stu­dent ac­tivist has been ap­pointed to the cen­tral ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (CEC), the most se­nior level of lead­er­ship within the party, ac­cord­ing to the state­ment.

U Phyo Min Thein, a for­mer lower house law­maker, was elected as a re­gion hlut­taw MP for Hlegu town­ship in last year’s elec­tion and was shortly there­after pro­moted to the po­si­tion of chief min­is­ter. His ap­point­ment and his work in the of­fice since have been both ap­plauded and con­tested, most no­tably draw­ing crowds of protest­ing de­trac­tors when he de­scribed Ma Ba Tha as un­nec­es­sary and called for the na­tion­al­ist monk as­so­ci­a­tion to be dis­banded.

Se­nior NLD fig­ure U Win Htein yes­ter­day con­firmed U Phyo Min Thein’s pro­mo­tion, telling The Myan­mar Times that it was well de­served.

“U Phyo Min Thein has been in the party for quite some time and is some­one who has ac­tively worked hard since the ’88 demon­stra­tions,” he said.

The NLD state­ment also an­nounced the ap­point­ment of U Soe Aung, an­other party mem­ber who is not an elected MP, to the CEC.

“We think both of them are ca­pa­ble of han­dling more re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and du­ties. That’s why we have pro­moted them to po­si­tions within the CEC,” U Win Htein said.

Ac­cord­ing to the NLD state­ment, the de­ci­sion to pro­mote the two party mem­bers was made at a CEC meet­ing last week. U Phyo Min Thein and U Soe Aung will join 10 oth­ers as mem­bers of the party’s most im­por­tant lead­er­ship com­mit­tee.

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