Bo Bo Myint (Mawlamyine)
Representatives of Mon Region Democracy Party and Mon National Party have come to agreement over some issues at their second informal meeting, held December 5 in Mawlamyine, Mon State, according to party spokespeople.
Naing Maung Maung, a member of the AMDP said: “Both sides have reached an agreement on the issuance of a joint declaration on the Mon National Day, the exchange of handbooks for a merger of the two parties and going ahead in accord with the new principle.
“In addition, the MNP has submitted a plan to quickly hold a meeting between members of the central committee of both parties. The AMDP will forward it to our central committee. We will arrange a meeting shortly after getting the nod from the central committee.”
The MNP will similarly hold a central committee meeting on , said Naing Le Tama, MNP general secretary “The matters pertaining to quickly holding a meeting between the party leaders and the national-level political dialogues will be submitted to the central committee.”
At the first meeting on November 8, both sides agreed to meet every month, cooperate in Mon national political affairs and carry out a merger between the two parties.
The AMDP competed for 34 seats in the 2010 general elections in Mon and Kayin States and won three lower house seats, four upper house seats and nine state parliamentary seats. In 2015 general elections, it ran for 35 seats and won only one state parliamentary seat.
The MNP did not compete in the 2010 general elections. It ran for 53 seats and won one upper house seat and two state parliamentary seats in the 2015 general elections.