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New Shan party approved to register

(Mizzima) – The Burmese Election Commission has approved the Tailai (Red Shan) Nationalities Development Party (TNDP) to register as political party.

Four former members of the Shan Nationalities Democratic Party (SNDP) and 14 Tailai (Red Shan) members organized the new party, according to a January 25 article in the Shan Herald News.

The founders include former SNDP members Sai Htay Aung, Sai Kyaw Sway, Saw Win Tun and Saw Min Htin. The 18 TNDP members represent Tailai communities in upper Burma. The group’s headquarters is in Mandalay.

The TNDP name was chosen by the Tailai community in Mandalay on January 19, said Sai Htay Aung, who added that the party would represent not only Tailai people (Red Shan) but also other Shan communities in the area such as Tai Ner, Thai Khamti and others.

The party would like to organize all Shan into one community, he said.

Many Shan are also living in Kachin State and other divisions such as Sagaing, Mandalay, Rangoon.

Although Shan refers to themselves as Tai, they are known by a different names, such as, Thai Yai in Thailand, Dai in China, Tai Ahom in northeast India and Shan in Burma.

Tai-Shan live in Shan State, Burma, and in Yunnan Province in southern China and are classified into different groups: such as Tai Lai, Tai Nüa, Tai Long, Tai Sã, Tai Leng, and others.

Shan State is the largest of Burma’s 14 states and divisions covering 60,000 square miles (23 per cent of the of the entire country with 9 million Shan inhabitants along with other migrants.
Last Updated ( Friday, 11 May 2012 15:56 )  

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