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Junta crony Khin Shwe wins upper house seat

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Zay Kabar company owner and junta crony Khin Shwe has won his Rangoon Division seat in Burma’s upper house, a rival party’s leader said.

khinshweThe Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) candidate secured Region No. 9 Constituency, which covers Twantay, Kawhmu and Kungyangone townships.

Tin Maung Win of the Modern People’s Party (MPP), Thein Zaw Nyunt of National Democratic Force (NDF), Mahn Ohn Myint Thein of the Karen People’s Party (KPP) and Kyaw Myint of the National Unity Party (NUP), also stood for the seat.

MPP chairman Tun Aung Kyaw said: “Khin Shwe won. We’ll only know the vote count tomorrow. We heard we came second … two other candidates of the USDP won from this constituency for the Rangoon Division local assembly.”

He added that his candidates in Hlaingtharyar and Kawhmu townships in Rangoon Division contesting for the lower house and Pegu Division also lost to the USDP.

KPP head office administrator Saw Samuel said: “No one from our party won here.”

KPP vice-chairman and Twantay lower house candidate, retired Lieutenant Colonel Aye Ko, lost to Minister of National Planning and Economic Development Soe Thar, of the USDP.

The KPP fielded 10 candidates in Rangoon Division but only its chairman, retired Lieutenant Colonel Tun Aung Myint, vying for the ethnic Karen Nationalities seat in Rangoon Division, succeeded, besting USDP candidate Saw Tharkapaw.

It also fielded three candidates in Thantaung constituency of Karen State, of whom two – Saw Aboy, a former Karen National Union member who had fought for the lower house seat – and Saw Htaw Parle, contesting for the upper house seat, won. The exact vote count is as yet unavailable.

The Kachin’s last stand
Since October this year, Burma has been in a state of civil war, with fighting between Burmese military and armed ethnic rebels. The ruling junta started a crackdown on these armed groups.

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