Thursday, February 5, 2009

Leader of pro-junta group resigns

By Than Htike Oo

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Thein Tin Aung, second-in-command of a Student and Youth Organization, which usually criticizes Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her NLD party and which is also contesting the 2010 general elections, has resigned from his post.

Thein Tin Aung, Vice-Chairman of the alleged pro-junta '88 Generation Student and Youth Organization (Union of Myanmar),' has put in his papers.

"I tendered my resignation letter to Ko Aye Lwin on grounds of my deteriorating health, and suggested allowing someone, who can replace me and work energetically in politics," Thein Tin Aung told Mizzima.

Despite citing medical reasons for quitting the post, a person close to him said that there were some differences among the top leadership in the organization.

"There are some tactical differences among them. It is the usual phenomenon in this organization, in certain tactical matters," he said.

He did not elaborate but said that the Vice-Chairman would not be with the party much longer.

However, Chairman Aye Lwin, when contacted by Mizzima, denied the information that Thein Tin Aung had ever submitted his resignation.

Aye Lwin said that his organization has 44 party members including 14 Central Executive Committee (CEC) members.

During the nationwide pro-democracy uprising in 1988, Aye Lwin actively participated as a university student alongside detained student leader Min Ko Naing and other colleagues. But, he later switch sides and began severely criticizing mainstream opposition forces and their leaders including Aung San Suu Kyi.

His party has started political campaigns and canvassing since September 2007, and is currently engaged in mobilizing support in Rangoon, Mandalay, Pegu, Magwe, Sagaing, Irrawaddy, Karen, Mon and Arakan in preparation for contesting the 2010 general elections. He also met and discussed issues with businessmen, journalists and local elders in these places.

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