Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Former Union Democratic Party chairman Thein Htay has expressed a desire to work for the benefit of the people “under the leadership of Aung San Suu Kyi”.
He said he would establish a “Work Committee for the Masses” with supporters and democratic forces based in Pegu Division, and that it would co-operate with Suu Kyi.
Two top leaders have resigned from UDP in the past three months. Phyo Min Thein stepped down on August 5, was relieved by vice-chairman Thein Htay, who in turn, quit on November 16.
The latter said that he had tendered his resignation as he no longer believed the “Third Force” trend could bring any public benefit through the new parliaments.
“I have no differences with my party. I resigned from the party to stand firmly on my own beliefs,” Thein Htay told Mizzima. “When I reviewed the recent general election, I found that the people do not accept the Union Solidarity and Development Party at all because of its brazen vote-rigging … [at its desire to win] by all possible means.”
“We can’t establish a third force by contesting in the election because there are only two sides in this battle, Daw Suu [Aung San Suu Kyi] versus the government [military regime]. So democratic parties and forces must unite and co-operate under the leadership of Daw Suu,” he added.
The UDP contested unsuccessfully in three constituencies. Central committee members Myint Sein and Wunna Soe have also resigned but general secretary Thein Tin Aung told Mizzima he would continue to stand with the party.