President not behind National Development Party


Presidential advisers, left to right  Dr. Nay Zin Latt (economic adviser); Ko Ko Hlaing (political adviser); and Sit Min (legal adviser) Photo: Mizzima

The National Development Party founded by Dr. Ne Zin Latt, a former political advisor to President U Thein Sein, has nothing to do with the President, according to a statement by the information team of the Union Government on June 2.

“There have been concerns in the Media and the political community that the president is behind the party or that the president is somehow related to the party. So we have issued a press release.,” said U Zaw Htay, Director of the President’s office to a question from Mizzima.

The statement clarifies that the “The National Development Party of which the patron position is held by Dr.Ne Zin Latt is definitely not related to either the president or the union government.”

According to the president office's announcement on 19April, 2011, U Thein Sein had 9 advisors on political, economic, and legal sectors and Dr.Ne Zin Latt was included as a political advisor. Dr.Ne Zin Latt resigned from the president's advisory body 30 days ago.

“The National Development Party is not related to any other organisation and has no interest in power politics but professional politics . . . Because we are not interested in the quantity-based power politics, top leaders of the party won't stand for election,” wrote Dr. Ne Zin Latt on his Facebook pageon 2 June.

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