Ousted USDP members call for emergency conference

SEVERAL recently ousted top members of the Union Solidarity and Development Party called for an emergency conference to be held in accordance with the party’s basic principles at a press conference in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
U Zaw Myint Pe, one of ousted USDP members, said the call for an emergency meeting from more than half of the party’s central executive committee members is in accordance with the party’s basic principles.
The expelled member, who is also a former Amyotha Hluttaw representative, stressed the need for current party leaders to adhere to the party’s principles, as the USDP is a democratic party.
“Under to the party’s principles, the party chairman must hold a conference demanded by 136 of the party’s 219 CEC members appointed in the 2012 party conference, which accounts for 62.1 per cent of the total CEC members, in a letter bearing their signatures,” he added.
U Saw Hla Tun, an incumbent CEC member, said the amendments to the party’s basic principles should be ratified at the party’s conference.
The sacked USDP members include former Union Parliament Speaker and party vice chairperson Thura U Shwe Mann and several members of Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Legal Affairs and Special Cases Assessment Commission.
The ousted members said the purge violated party’s charter, and current party leaders behaved like authoritarians.
“That’s why I am still a CEC member,” said U Zaw Myint Pe.
The USDP’s second party conference is scheduled to be held in August, said party spokesperson U Khin Yi at a meeting between Chairman U Thein Sein and party members in Yangon Region recently.
Although four press conferences calling for investigations into the legality of their ousters from the party were held, the USDP did not respond to questions about the purge against Thura U Shwe Mann and his allies, said U Zaw Myint Pe at the press conference.

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