Activist say MUP should not join military council

February 24, 2021

HURFOM: Activists in Mawlamyine, are critical of the Mon Unity Party (MUP) decision to join the newly created military council.  They argue the MUP is a political party that has been elected by the people, and as such does not have any legitimacy to join the military council.

“MUP is the party which won the second most parliamentary seats in Mon State and represents the whole Mon population. So it shouldn’t accept a post proposed by the military junta,” said one youth activist in Mawlamyine.

The MUP decided to accept the military proposal to join their State Administrative Council on February 6, and chose member of parliament, Dr Banyar Aung Moe as the MUP representative.

“Those who are in power now aren’t elected by the people. They are the ones who have seized the power so cooperation with them will be criticized by the people. There is a huge negative impact on the political stance,” said another activist from Mawlamyine.

According to the State media on February 21, the spokesperson and Joint Secretary Nai Layi Tama, said the MUP agreed to join the State Administrative Council.

“In democratic countries, those who are elected by the people rule the country. If a political party loses the people’s support, it can do nothing. Any political party who joins the military junta won’t have a good future,” said another activist.

The MUP decision has fostered  division within the party and amongst Mon people,  some party members including Central Executive Committee  members resigned from the party.

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