Sunday, August 20, 2017

USDP leaders deny rumours of party split

Some members of the Union Solidarity and Development Party’s top leadership yesterday denied rumours that the party has split into two factions or that individuals had been kicked out.

U Htay Oo, co-chair of the USDP, said “official notification” would be sent out in the event that someone was removed from the party.

“The rumoured removal of some members is not true. Moreover, the USDP has not split into two factions. It is just a rumour,” U Htay Oo told media in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday before the start of the day’s Pyidaungsu Hluttaw session.

Last week Amyotha Hluttaw MP U Khin Shwe said he had been removed from the USDP, although he later acknowledged that he had not received official notification.

U Aung Thein Lin, a former member of the party’s central committee, backed up U Htay Oo’s point about official notification.

“The party needs to send notification to those who have been ousted. I want to say that our party has not removed any members,” U Aung Thein Lin said.

“Central members are elected once every five years, according to party policy. No members have been removed so far. Even I heard that U Khin Shwe had been ousted, but no official notification has been sent to him.”

Rumours that the USDP had split into two factions were exacerbated by the observation that some members openly sported the party brooch, while others did not.

U Htay Oo said the party has not released any directives about whether or not to wear the brooches, adding that he has questions about who might have started the rumour about the party split.

U Win Oo, Pyithu Hluttaw MP for Yehyu township, Tanintharyi Region, told The Myanmar Times, “Many of us stopped wearing the party brooches because we felt sorry about losing the election.”

Translation by Thiri Min Htun