Mon parties respond to public opinion by joining forces

Mon Parties Respond to Public Opinion By Joining Forces

By Akar

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The All Mon Regions Democracy Party (AMDP) and the Mon National Democratic Front (MNDF) signed an agreement on April 22, which will unite them as one party with a new name before the end of 2014.

The party's flag of MNDF and logo of AMDP. (Photo:Kaowao)

“Monks and Mon people wanted the two parties to unite. So, it has happened,” said AMDP chairman, Nai Nwge Thein.

Two parties agreed to four main points at the meeting held in Moulmein.   Those agreements were:
1.         Both parties have agreed to unite as one.
2.         There will be regular monthly meetings to ensure party unity. 
3.         There will be ongoing talks between the two parties to decide a new name.
4.         The talks will be finalized before the end of the year 2014 and the two parties will then unite.

In a statement similar in tone to Nai Ngwe Thein, MNDF secretary Dr. Min Soe Lin said, “We can’t ignore the desire of Mon people and monks as they want the two parties to unite”.

The Moulmein meeting included Mon youth from different townships, around 200 people from Mon civil society groups and about 80 Mon monks, together with  MNDF representatives lead by Nai Tin Aung and AMDP representatives lead by Nai Chit Oo.

An opinion poll was conducted in the middle of 2011 canvassing the opinions of Mon people living in Mon State, Karen State and also Mon monks. The results of the poll strongly urged the two parties to unite under one banner, but that has been delayed until recently.

MNDF Central Executive Committee member Nai Soe Myint has been planning on going to Naypyidaw  for the party’s registration. MNDF will be renamed the Mon Democratic Party (MDP).
MNDF was founded in October 11, 1988 and there were 19 candidates who participated in the 1990 election, winning five seats.

The Burmese military regime ignored the result of 1990 election throughout the whole country and the parties’ leaders were arrested.

AMDP joined the 2010 election and the party won sixteen seats out of thirty-four.


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