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Two USDP MPs sacked from national parliaments

By Shwe Yinn Mar Oo and Soe Than Lynn
March 7 - 13,, 2011

TWO elected representatives of the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) were dismissed from parliament on March 4 after it was discovered they did not meet the qualifications to be a member of parliament, an Amyotha Hluttaw representative said.

U Ant Gyi, the Pyithu Hluttaw representative of Thanatpin in Bago Region, and Daw Cho Nwe Oo, the Amyotha Hluttaw representative of Bago Region Constituency 7, were sacked because they did not meet citizenship requirements.

It was found that both of the representatives had a parent who was not a recognised citizen of Myanmar.

“The Union Election Commission informed [the parliament] that those two were found to be disqualified by immigration personnel,” the Amyotha Hluttaw representative said.

Daw Cho Nwe Oo was chosen to be a member of Public Account Committee the day before she was disqualified from parliament. Dr Khin Maung Lay, a retired doctor, was selected to replace her on March 4.

Three elected MPs have been dismissed so far for failing to meet eligibility criteria.

On February 15, a minister of the Chin State Hluttaw was dismissed after more than 10 representatives sent an objection because they believed he was below the minimum age required to be an MP.

U Zo Zam from the Chin National Party and 11 other representatives pointed out that U Kwi Htan was 19 days short of his 25th birthday when he was elected on November 7. This was later confirmed and U Kwi Htan was dismissed from parliament.