Kyaw Zin Win and Than Hlaing
Dr Aye Maung, chairman of Arakan National Party (ANP), reportedly sent a letter on November 27 to the party's central executive committee, asking for permission to resign as a member and terminate duties as chairman, said sources.
In the letter, Aye Maung said he tried his to carry out his duties as chairman of both Rakhine Nationalities Development Party (RNDP) and ANP. However, there had been discord between ANP leaders with personal attacks frequently seen both inside and outside meetings. He was especially faced with personal attacks, he said.
He added that it had been about seven years since the party was formed with comrades working together and sharing common aims. However, it is regrettable to see that there were disagreements instead of mutual amicability.
The letter also blamed a recent appointment scandal involving the vacant position of Rakhine State parliament deputy speaker. Aye Maung said as he thinks he is the most responsible person in the party, he would resign as party member and terminate party duties as chairman.
However, he pledged to continue working together with his friends in the effort for Rakhine regional development, said the letter.
Attempts were made to contact Dr Aye Maung but his phone was stitched off.
ANP chairperson Aye Nu Sein said on November 28: “His son came to the office and give the letter at about 11am today. This is all what I can say now.”
Dr Aye Maung first took chairmanship of RNDP and was elected as Upper House MP for Rakhine State Constituency (1) in the 2010 election.
He then acted as chairman of ANP, which was formed after RNDP and Arkan League for Democracy were merged together.
Dr Aye Maung lost in the 2015 general election. But, he won a seat in Lower House of Parliament representing Am Constituency in Rakhine State in the by-election held this year.