August 19, 2016

USDP purge violates party rules: Thura U Shwe Mann


FORMER Union parliament speaker and party chairman Thura U Shwe Mann has called for an investigation into the legality of his ouster from the Union Solidarity and Development Party four days ago at the hands of former president U Thein Sein.
It has been reported that 17 other USDP members were also purged, including the current Minister for Religious Affairs and Culture Aung Ko, allegedly for violating the USDP charter.
“Although the dismissal of party members is the internal business of the USDP, it can have an indirect impact in one way or another upon the interests of the country and the people,” said former party chief Thura U Shwe Mann.
The former Union parliament speaker suggested that party members, the public and qualified organisations review whether the party’s actions are in line with its own rules and regulations.
He spoke on the issue at the meeting of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Legal Affairs and Special Cases Assessment Commission, to which he was appointed chairman by NLD leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, on 25 April.
“The letters of dismissal were sent on 22 April. This is an act that neglects the party’s basic principles,” said Amyotha Hluttaw MP U Zaw Myint Pe.
Thura U Shwe Mann plans to hold a press conference tomorrow on the premises of the Union parliament, where he will respond to questions about the USDP purge against him and his allies.—GNLM


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