NLD in can­di­date se­lec­tion row

Mizzima Business Weekly - - AFFAIRS // NEWS -

Aung San Suu Kyi has called on vot­ers to change the lead­er­ship of the coun­try and back her Na­tional League for Democ­racy (NLD) in up­com­ing elec­tions amid a row over can­di­date se­lec­tion that has threat­ened party unity, RFA re­ported on 10 Au­gust.

The No­bel lau­re­ate dis­missed con­cerns over a list of 1,090 can­di­dates en­dorsed by the NLD’s cen­tral ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (CEC) and re­leased in early Au­gust which, in many cases, dif­fered from those nom­i­nated by town­ship and di­vi­sional party branches.

Lo­cal party of­fi­cials have voiced their op­po­si­tion to the CEC’s can­di­date list, and fol­low­ing a closed­door meet­ing be­tween Aung San Suu Kyi and the NLD’s Magwe lead­er­ship in nearby Minbu ear­lier on Sun­day, the di­vi­sional joint sec­re­tary re­port­edly re­signed.

On Mon­day, lo­cal NLD mem­bers con­tin­ued to speak out against the CEC’s se­lec­tion of can­di­dates, with nearly 100 peo­ple from more than 50 vil­lages hold­ing a protest in Hlegu, a town on the out­skirts of the com­mer­cial cap­i­tal Yan­gon.

NLD party or­ga­nizer Hla Gyi told RFA’s Myan­mar Ser­vice that the demon­stra­tion was part of a bid to show sup­port­ers that lo­cal party mem­bers still have their in­ter­ests in mind.

The protest fol­lowed one on Fri­day last week by more than 300 peo­ple, in­clud­ing NLD mem­bers, in Magwe’s Pakokku who spoke out against the party’s se­lec­tion of four lo­cal can­di­dates de­mon­stra­tors said were not sup­ported by the lo­cal NLD town­ship com­mit­tee.


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