New Delhi (Mizzima) – The Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) secured the speaker and deputy speaker posts in all 14 local assemblies of states and regions on Monday.
In Kachin, Chin, Mon, Rakhine and Shan assemblies, ethnic parties gamely fielded their candidates to contest the speaker and deputy speaker posts, but they were easily outnumbered by the block of USDP votes. In Kachin State, the National Unity Party (NUP) fielded their candidate in the election for the speaker post because there was no ethnic Kachin party represented in that body.
In Karen State, military appointed representative Brigadier General Zaw Min was elected chairperson of the assembly and other USDP members were elected as chairpersons of the remaining state and region assemblies.
Rakhine National Development Party (RNDP) said that two lawmakers of the junta-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) were elected as the speaker and deputy speaker of the Rakhine State Assembly.
Htein Lin of Gwa constituency No. (1) was elected the speaker of the local lawmaking body and Thar Nyunt of Manaung constituency No. (2) was elected the deputy speaker of the assembly, a lawmaker of the party said.
The sessions of the state and region assemblies were convened in seven states and seven regions on Monday simultaneously with the ‘national’ Upper House and Lower House of the Parliament held in the country’s new capital Naypyidaw on Monday at 8:55 a.m. Local assemblies elected chairpersons, speakers and deputy speakers and adjourned for the day.
In the national Lower House, Thura Shwe Man, was elected speaker and Nanda Kyaw Swa was elected deputy speaker. In the national Upper House, Khin Aung Myint and Mya Nyein were elected as speaker and deputy speaker, respectively. All are USDP members.
Retired General Thura Shwe Man, the No. 2 general in the junta, retired from his military post to contest in the general election in the Naypyidaw Zayathiri constituency. Former swimming champion Nanda Kyaw Swa was elected from the Dagon constituency. He is the son of Brigadier General Tin Pe, who was a member of Revolutionary Council led by former strongman General New Win, which staged a coup in 1962. He is also the nephew of Colonel Tan Yu Sain, a member of Revolutionary Council. Retired Brigadier General Khin Aung Myint, the former cultural minister, won the No. 8 constituency in Mandalay Region. Deputy Speaker Mya Nyein of the Upper House, the retired Director General of Attorney General Office, won the Rangoon Region No. 7 constituency. Khet Htein Nan of the Unity and Democracy party was elected chairperson of the national Lower House and USDP secretary and Agriculture and Irrigation Minister Htay Oo was elected chairperson of national Upper House.
The names of vice president candidates were submitted to the Parliament on Tusday in preparation for the election of the president and two vice presidents on Thursday. Among the MPs, incumbent PM Thein Sein is tipped for the new president position. His main rival appears to be Tin Aung Myint Oo.
Table: States and Regions Hluttaws (Assemblies)
|1.||Kachin||Lajun Ngan Sai||USDP||Tanai 1||Chairperson|
|Kachin||Sai Myint Kyaw||USDP||Phakant 2||Dy. Speaker|
|2.||Kayah||Khin Maung Oo||USDP||Bawlekhe 1||Chairperson|
|Kayah||Kyaw Swe||USDP||Loikaw 1||Speaker|
|Kayah||Maung Maung Aye||USDP||Shadaw 2||Dy. Speaker|
|3.||Karen||Brig. Gen. Zaw Min||Military||Chairperson|
|Karen||Saw Aung Kyaw Min||USDP||Kyainseikkyi 1||Speaker|
|Karen||Mahn Hla Myaing||USDP||Kawkereik 1||Dy. Speaker|
|4.||Chin||Hong Ngai||USDP||Mindap 2||Chairperson|
|Chin||Hauk Khim Kham||USDP||Tunzan 2||Speaker|
|Chin||Ohn Lwin||USDP||Matupi 1||Dy. Speaker|
|5.||Sagaing||Tin Ngwe (BSO ?)||USDP||Wetlet 1||Chairperson|
|Sagaing||Thin Hlaing||USDP||Kantbalu 1||Speaker|
|Sagaing||Thaung Sein||USDP||Pale 2||Dy. Speaker|
|6.||Tanintharyi||Myat Ko||USDP||Dawei 2||Chairperson|
|Tanintharyi||Htin Aung Kyaw||USDP||Pulaw 2||Speaker|
|Tanintharyi||Kyi Win||USDP||Kawthaung 1||Dy. Speaker|
|7.||Pegu||Nyan Win (foreign minister)||USDP||Zigon 1||Chairperson|
|Pegu||Win Tin||USDP||Pegu 1||Speaker|
|Pegu||Win Myint Soe||USDP||Gyobinkauk 2||Dy. Speaker|
|8.||Magwe||Phone Maw Shwe (Dvision PDC?)||USDP||Minbu 1||Chairperson|
|Magwe||Ye Myint||USDP||Magwe 1||Speaker|
|Magwe||Saw Win Maung||USDP||Taungdwingyi 2||Dy. Speaker|
|9.||Mandalay||Aung Zan||USDP||Myingyan 2||Chairperson|
|Mandalay||Win Maung||USDP||Taungtha 2||Speaker|
|Mandalay||Aung Htay Kyaw||USDP||Pyinoolwin (May Myo) 1||Dy. Speaker|
|10.||Mon||Ohn Myint||USDP||Mudon 1||Chairperson|
|Mon||Kyin Pe||USDP||Chaungson 2||Speaker|
|Mon||Htay Lwin||USDP||Kyaikto 1||Dy. Speaker|
|11.||Rakhine||Hla Maung Tin||USDP||Ann 1||Chairperson|
|Rakhine||Htein Lin||USDP||Gwa 1||Speaker|
|Rakhine||Thar Nyunt||USDP||Manaung 2||
|12.||Ragnoon||Maung Maung Win||USDP||Shwepyithar 1||Chairperson|
|Rangoon||Sein Tin Win||USDP||Kungyankon 2||Speaker|
|Rangoon||Tin Aung||USDP||Dagon myothit||Dy. Speaker|
|13.||Shan||Sai Tun Yin||USDP||Taunggyi 1||Chairperson|
|Shan||Sai Lone Sai||USDP||Kentung 1||Speaker|
|Shan||Sai Kham Hmat||USDP||Lashio 2||Dy. Speaker|
|14.||Irrawaddy||Thein Aung||USDP||Ingapu 1||Chairperson|
|Irrawaddy||San Tint||USDP||Yekyi 1||Speaker|
|Irrawaddy||Dr. Htein Win||USDP||Kyaunggon 1||Dy. Speaker|