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Arakan Army Seeks December Polls In Rakhine


Arakan Army seeks December polls in Rakhine Ethnic armed group Arakan Army urged the government to conduct polls in nine townships in Rakhine, where the elections have been cancelled on November 8.
In a statement issued on November 12, the polls must be held before December 31, so Rakhine representatives can actively participate in the formation of the new government.
U Myo Kyaw, leader of the Arakan League for Democracy (ALD) party said only Rakhinwe parties can win in Rakhine elections.
“It is the best the election takes place. Only Rakhine parties have the possibility to win in Rakhine. NLD is weaker in northern Rakhine,” he said.
Among the nine out of the 17 townships where the elections were cancelled were Pauktaw, Ponnagyun, Rathedaung, Buthidaung, Maungdaw, Kyauktaw, Minbya, Myebon, Mrauk-U and Kyaukphyu. U Maung Maung Soe, a political analyst said Rakhine parties have the highest potential of winning the polls if elections are held in December.
“Of all the Rakhine parties,the Arakan National Party (ANP) is the strongest party, followed by the USDP and then by the NLD,” he said. “The NLD has no possibility of winning in northern Rakhine,” he said.
AA said it has extended its unilateral ceasefire declaration in Rakhine to December 31, in order to give way to the upcoming by-election.
The country’s Tatmadaw (military) welcomed the AA statement.
The AA was among the seven major armed groups that have yet to sign the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA). The government declared the group a terrorist organization due to its attack and kidnapping of civilians. – Translated

Courtesy – mmtimes

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