August 19, 2016

Chief ministers announced for regions and states

THE chief ministers of three regions and one state were announced yesterday. The chief ministers of the remaining regions and states are expected to be announced in the next few days.
The four newly-appointed region and state chief ministers proposed by President-elect U Htin Kyaw are U Phyo Min Thein for Yangon Region, Dr Lin Htut for Shan State, U Mann Johnny for Ayeyawady Region and Dr Lei Lei Maw for Taninthayi Region.
All the appointed region and state chief ministers are members of the ruling National League for Democracy
(NLD), led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
U Phyo Min Thein, Chief Minister for Yangon Region, vowed to form an uncorrupt government that will attend to the needs of Yangon residents while speaking to media yesterday.
The chief-minister elect, a member of Yangon Region Parliament representing Hlegu Township Constituency 2, was nominated by President-elect U Htin Kyaw and approved with no objections as the next Yangon Region chief minister at the regional parliamentary session yesterday.
He also vowed to strive to ensure a clean government and address issues related to traffic congestion, unemployment and flooding in the rainy season in the region.
Meanwhile, Dr Zaw Myint Maung, the spokesman for the NLD, was nominated as Chief Minister of Mandalay Region at the Mandalay Region parliament yesterday.
At the Rakhine State parliament yesterday, U Nyi Pu, the regional MP Gwa Constituency 2 was announced as the nominee for the position of Rakhine State chief minister.
When the announcement came, MPs from the Arakan National Party, which holds majority of the seats in the Rakhine State parliament, walked out of the parliament in protest. The party has demanded to have one of its members appointed as chief minister.
Two women would be chief ministers, namely, Daw Nan Khin Htway Myint for Kayin State and Daw Lei Lei Maw for Taninthayi Region.
Under the terms of the 2008 constitution, the president has the sole authority to appoint chief ministers of states and regions.—GNLM


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