Yangon chief promoted
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.