Burmese Exile Govt Dissolves After 22 years

NCGUB Chief Minister Dr. Sein Win answers questions at news conference in Tokyo in 2006. (Photo: Reuters)

Burma’s exiled government, the National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma (NCGUB), has announced that it will dissolve on Friday after 22 years of opposition.

A statement signed by NCGUB Chief Minister Dr. Sein Win, a cousin of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, said that the decision follows a discussion by MPs that determined that the move will contribute towards national reconciliation.

“The NCGUB believes that its dissolution will contribute to the achievement of national reconciliation which is inevitably needed in Burma as well as the endeavors being made for the emergence of a national political program that all deserving participants can join,” said the final statement.

Dr. Tint Swe, information minister of the NCGUB who lives in India, said that since Suu Kyi is leading the main opposition National League for Democracy towards national reconciliation in cooperation with the former military regime, the exiled government now believes its presence is inappropriate.

“We do not want the NCGUB to become a disturbance for national reconciliation. In support of the process for national reconciliation in Burma, we decided to dissolve,” said Tint Swe. “This doesn’t mean that the NCGUB wants to do nothing or can do nothing in the future.”

“Unlike the situation in 1990, they now are reachable and are able to going out of the country to explore and are able to do much more for the needs and services of the country and people,” he added, giving the examples of the participation of NLD party and its elected members in Parliament and political leaders and students going overseas to study and exchange knowledge.

“However, we will contribute any possible support and work which may be needed by our hands in the future,” said Tint Swe.

During 22 years in exile, the NCGUB worked together with many opposition groups and ethnic forces such as the Karen National Union (KNU) and urged the international community to put pressure on the former junta to move towards democracy.

The NCGUB was formed as a parallel government of Burma in Manerpalaw, Kayin State, headquarters of the KNU, on Dec. 18, 1990, with MPs from various political parties, including the NLD, for the purpose of implementing the results of the multiparty democratic general elections of 1990 in which the NLD won around 80 percent of seats.

The military government of the time refused to honor the result and instead imprisoned much of the party’s leadership. The NCGUB has not been particularly prolific in the pro-democracy movement in recent years.

7 Responses to Burmese Exile Govt Dissolves After 22 years

  1. Good riddance. The NCGUB has not only been prolific in the pro-democracy movement but they are obstructionists, opportunists, and dividers of pro-democracy exile community. They stole millions of dollars in foreign aids in collaboration with Harn Yawnghwe. They had effectively eliminated democracy movement outside the country to the delightment of the military dictators.

  2. Good. It has done its part. Now Thein Sein needs all the help he can get against the obstinate military and USDP people.

  3. You did what you could for Myanmar. It was a good thing. I salute you guys.

  4. No Burmese leaders love people of Burma but their families and children. From Bogyoke Aung San to Than Shwe, they send their families to settle down in the US and EU countries and their children to educate in overseas while they let Burmese to study out dated education that cannot compete with education system of Thailand. Aung San Suu Kyi live in the United Kingdom , Aung San Oo is in U.S.A.Cho Cho Kyaw Nyein, Nay yee Ba Swe, Bo Bo Kyaw Nyein in U.S.A, Daw Than Than Nu, Hun Yaw Wai in Europe, Aye Aye Thant in the U.S.A. Than Shwe’s son and family in Australia.

    Now, Dr Sein Win, Moe Thee Zon, Dr Naing Aung and many ABSDF and NCGUB memebers took political asylum and refugee status in the USA and EU. So, we can see that no one love Burma but they love their Tha-Khin-Gyi-Myars ( the one that colonized Burma and suppressed Burmese for hundred years, but they all are now licking their Tha-Khin-Gyis asses in the USA and EU). This is the problem with Burmese they have no moral. When money and where ever opportunity is there, they will compromise their moral and values. All Burmese leaders are selfish including their children and their families.So, Burmese shouldn’t give them respect and treat them like dogs and out caste.

    • Really? When did Bogyoke Aung San send Aung San Suu Kyi to India or England? When did he send Aung San Oo to America? Ne Win was the one who sent Daw Khin Kyi to India. Daw Khin Kyi and her children deserved staying at home with full supports from the government. Instead, Daw Khin Kyi was sent to India as Burmese Ambassador which was a form of exile. Please do not twist the history. Aung San Suu Kyi never chose to go abroad. Ne Win was the one who sent Khin Kyi and her children away from home.

      • It was U Nu, not Ne Win, who sent Daw Khin Kyi to India. For some politicians, being sent to a foreign country as an ambassador could well be a form of exile but not for Daw Khin Kyi. It was an honor for her.

    • See none of them are in China, except ex-Brigadier Kyaw Zaw, the communist, and his son Aung Kyaw Zaw. Even the Chinese leaders like Jinping Xi and Xilai Bo send their children (Mingze Xi and Guagua Bo) to study at Harvard in the US. So all this “sucking up” to the Chinese (Thein Sein has to go there first before he’s allowed to go to the US), because China is a “traditional ally” of Burma etc. doesn’t make any sense to me any more.

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