‘Bad for the future,’ Suu Kyi’s party says after MP-elect shot dead
YANGON: A newly elected MP for Myanmar’s ruling party was shot dead in northern Shan state by an unidentified gunman, and the party today called for a swift investigation, condemning political violence in the wake of this month’s elections.
Htike Zaw was fired at a shop he ran at his Kyaukme town house on Saturday, party spokesman Myo Nyunt said.
In a general election on Nov 8 that brought a landslide win for the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD), the dead man won a seat.
As a customer arrived, he went outside to sell, and that customer shot him,” Myo Nyunt told Reuters by phone, adding that the party had requested the authorities to investigate as soon as possible.”
“We denounce violence, particularly politically-related violence, which is bad for the future,” he said.
Local police did not respond to calls requesting comment by phone.
Since the end of half a century of military and military-backed rule in 2011, the election was only the second held in Myanmar and Aung San Suu’s NLD won a resounding victory.
In some ethnic areas, including the state of Shan, a region plagued by war with rebels and large-scale drug production, the party won fewer seats than other groups. Voting in some constituencies in the state was cancelled before the election, with authorities citing crime.
The army-backed Union Unity and Growth Group has questioned the outcome of the elections, claiming irregularities in advanced voting problems from poor-quality ballot boxes, and called for a re-run.
Proof of corruption has been asked for by the NLD.
Among those being contested is the result in Htike Zaw’s constituency, a seat previously held by an ethnic Shan party but claimed by the NLD in November, Myo Nyunt said without providing further information.
Earlier this month, the house of an election commission official in Kyaukme was targeted.
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