Yangon, November 22
A newly elected MP for Myanmar’s ruling social gathering has been shot lifeless by an unidentified gunman in northern Shan state and the social gathering on Sunday urged a fast investigation, denouncing political violence within the aftermath of elections this month.
Htike Zaw was shot on the store he ran at his home within the city of Kyaukme on Saturday, mentioned social gathering spokesman Myo Nyunt.
The lifeless man had received a seat in a Nov. eight basic election that introduced a landslide victory for the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD).
“He went outside to sell as a customer arrived, and that customer shot him,” Myo Nyunt advised Reuters by phone, including that the social gathering had requested authorities to analyze as quickly as doable.
“We denounce violence, especially violence related to politics which is bad for the future,” he mentioned.
Local police didn’t reply cellphone calls looking for remark.
The election was solely the second held in Myanmar because the finish of half a century of navy and military-backed rule in 2011, and Aung San Suu’s NLD received a powerful victory.
The social gathering received fewer seats than different events in some ethnic areas together with Shan state, a area ravaged by battle with insurgents and large-scale drug manufacturing. Voting in some constituencies within the state was cancelled earlier than the election, with authorities citing violence.
The army-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party has challenged the results of the polls, alleging irregularities from poor-quality poll containers to superior voting issues, and demanded a re-run.
The NLD has referred to as for proof of wrongdoing.
The end in Htike Zaw’s constituency, a seat beforehand held by an ethnic Shan social gathering however received by the NLD in November, is amongst these being disputed, Myo Nyunt mentioned, with out giving additional particulars.
The home of an election fee official in Kyaukme was attacked earlier this month. Reuters