Newly appointed Rakhine State minister Kyaw Lwin says he will not accept the decision to dismiss him from the Arakan National Party (ANP) for accepting the ministerial job from the National League for Democracy (NLD).
The ANP announced that it would not take ministerial posts in the state government if it were not allowed to select the chief minister and appoint the cabinet. The ANP won a large majority of Rakhine State seats but the 2008 Constitution says that the central government can appoint the chief ministers and cabinet. The NLD won only eight Rakhine State parliamentary seats.
MP Kyaw Lwin accepted the state-level minister for agriculture, livestock, mining and forestry post in the NLD-led administration of MP Nyi Pyu. The ANP central executive committee (CEC) then dismissed him from the party.
Kyaw Lwin, ANP chairman for Ramree Township and also a CEC member, was elected for Ramree last November.
He said he made the decision to accept the job with difficultly after his constituents urged him to do so and threatened to unseat him if he refused.
“The party has not informed me yet. They cannot dismiss me from the party because I am a CEC member. I will stand as a member of the ANP, whatever they say. I will represent the party and will not break its policies. I will cooperate with the NLD if its policies are the same. It wants Rakhine State to develop and so do I,” said Kyaw Lwin.
The Arakan League for Democracy and Rakhine National Development Party founded the ANP, although Kyaw Lwin came from a third party.
“He is downgrading our party’s dignity besides he broke the rules and regulations. He shamed the Rakhine people. The voters are thinking we cannot control our members,” said Tun Aung Kyaw, ANP general secretary.