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Rumour of Thein Sien forming new party spreads
Publication Date : 11-09-2013
Ye Htut, deputy minister for information, spokesperson of Myanmar President Thein Sein, made no definite reply to the rumour that the president was forming a new political party based on religion and nationalism.
The rumour that the president was forming a political party based on religion and nationalism widely spread among political analysts on September 9. When the Daily Eleven tried to contact Ye Htut, he denied the rumour, saying it is not true.
Ye Htut replied through an e-mail that the president was placing special emphasis on improving the socio-economic life of the people, restoring genuine peace with ethnic armed groups and creating better future for the youth.
“We cannot definitely say it is wrong news. It is also possible that the news has come out as a part of a political game. If [the president] will actually form a party, it is not possible during this year. It can be only next year,” said Dr Yan Myo Thein, an expert on Myanmar politics.
“I think the news is not true. But it can be seen as a sign of complications within the inner circle. There are four units [in the circle]. In the army, [the head] is Senior General Min Aung Hlaing. In the government is President Thein Sein. In the parliament is Thura Shwe Mann. And at the [ruling] Union Solidarity and Development Party is Htay Oo,” said Hla Shwe, the former leader of Students’ Union.