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New Mon party sets sights on election

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27-newsPhoto caption: A recent Mon National Party (MNP) meeting. (photo: Autjae Mon)Khitar Non – The Mon National Party (MNP) has started preparation for the 2015 elections. The party was recently formed by ex-members of the Mon Democracy Party (MDP) and All Mon Regions Democracy Party (AMDP) who joined forces as an attempt to secure more votes during the 2015 elections.

The decision for many AMDP to leave their party came during a Jan. 26 meeting in Mon state capital Moulmein.

“On MDP side, we have 21 members and with 21 members that left AMDP to join MNP. We have 42 members who will form the executive committee. These members are now actively working,” said Dr. Min Soe Linn, a spokesperson for the party unification group.

“We are still discussing what we need to submit our party registration under the Mon National Party name.”

Min San Tin, AMDP first joint secretary, stayed with his party because they “can’t unite yet”.

“That is because of the political situation and (the parties) different policies. It’s not possible for a merge at this time,” Min Soe Linn explained without elaborating.

AMDP members that wouldn’t join MNP announced it in a joint statement issued early last month. The party will continue to run in the upcoming elections with remaining members.

Much further north in Chin state the Chin Progressive Party and Chin National Party agreed to merge their parties to form the Chin National Progressive Party (CNPP).

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