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Maung Oo: Power was transferred to USDP, not to Parliament


New Delhi (Mizzima) – The Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) top leader, Maung Oo, told community leaders and government employees in Pauktaw Township in Arakan State that real power was  transferred to the USDP, not to the newly elected Parliament.

Maung Oo, a leader of the USDP, says real power rests in the hands of the state-backed USDP not in the Union Parliament.  Photo: MizzimaThe former Home Affairs Minister summoned about 50 community leaders and government employees to a meeting and delivered a speech from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.

‘He said that the USDP is the ruling party and the power was transferred to the USDP, not to the Parliament. And he said  that there was no Arakanese MP in the union level parliament', Tet Tun Aung, a lawmaker in the Rakhine Nationalities and Development Party (RNDP) in the Arakan State Assembly, told Mizzima.

Maung Oo is the chief of the disciplinary committee of the USDP and a close confidant of former Senior General Than Shwe.

Community leader Saw Tun Sein, lawmaker Tet Tun Aung, retired teacher Maung Mya Hla and Township Administration Office Chief Khin Maung Lwin also attended the meeting. Maung Oo was accompanied by Minister Dr. Aung Kyaw Min of the Health and Education Ministry of Arakan State and the Chin Race Affairs Minister Ko Naing. 

In the meeting, Maung Oo launched a bitter attack on Chin people, sources said.

‘He said that although some Chin tried to nominate Chin MPs to be ministers in the union level assembly, most of them are illiterate and they could not be ministers’, according to Tet Tun Aung, who added that Maung Oo said little about regional development. ‘The Township Administration Office Chief Khin Maung Lwin attended the meeting. He is a former chairman of the Township Peace and Development Party. Maung Oo evicted him from the meeting by saying that he did not help the USDP in the township and the USDP lost in the election’.

He said the RNDP will file a complaint against Maung Oo for his remarks on the state and central government.  In the Arakan State government, the prime minister and most of the ministers are from the USDP.

In the Pauktaw Township constituencies, four candidates of the RNDP for parliamentary seats in the Lower and Upper houses and in the Arakan State Assembly won the election.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 18 May 2011 12:13 )  

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