Monday, September 25, 2017

Two Chin parties plan on alliance

Senior officials from two ethnic Chin political parties say they are considering forming an alliance ahead of this year’s election.

The Chin National Party and Chin Progressive Party have been discussing the possibility of an election agreement since June, Chin National Party chairman U Zo Zam said.

If a deal is reached they will cooperate in the Chin State Hluttaw and national parliament, potentially with other partners.

“We are thinking of the making an alliance between the Chin ethnic parties. We are already like brother parties,” U Zo Zam said.

“Most of our party members are young, while the Chin Progressive Party members are usually older,” he said.

Even if no formal agreement is reached, the parties say they will reach a verbal “friendship agreement” governing campaigning behaviour. They hope this will avoid any potential conflict during campaigning, as the parties are likely to contest constituencies against each other.

U Noe Htan Kut, vice chairman of the Yangon-based Chin Progressive Party, said both groups agreed on the need to develop Chin State.

“We are likely to make an alliance with Chin National Party for the State Hluttaw. We will probably need to make an alliance with other parties as well [in the Pyithu and Amyotha Hluttaw]. Now we haven’t made up our mind to make a formal alliance with other political parties but we have already discussed a friendship agreement with the CNP,” U Noe Htan Kut said.

Both parties are planning to contest seats in the Chin State Hluttaw, Pyithu Hluttaw and Amyotha Hluttaw.