Election 2020

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to Run for Seat in General Election, Myanmar’s Ruling Party Says

By San Yamin Aung 23 July 2020

YANGON—Myanmar State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will run in the Nov. 8 general election in Yangon’s Kawhmu Township, the ruling National League for Democracy said Thursday, confirming the party chairwoman’s candidacy.

“Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will contest a Lower House seat in Kawhmu Township,” party vice chairman and Mandalay Region Chief Minister Dr. Zaw Myint Maung announced on the final day of the party’s candidate selection process.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi won the Lower House seat representing Kawhmu Township in the 2012 by-election and the 2015 general election.

Dr. Zaw Myint Maung also confirmed that President U Win Myint will stand as a candidate for the Lower House seat in Yangon’s Tamwe Township. U Win Myint was elected by the constituency in the 2015 general election. In the 2012 by-election, he won a Lower House seat representing Ayeyawady Region’s Pathein Township.

The NLD took office in 2016 after beating the then ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party, which was formed by former senior military officers, in an electoral landslide in 2015.

In the upcoming poll, the party is contesting 1,132 of the 1,171 seats up for grabs in the Union Parliament and the state and regional legislatures.

Dr. Zaw Myint Maung added that among Union ministers, Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Minister U Win Myat Aye, Transport and Communications Minister U Thant Sin Maung, Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation Minister U Ohn Win and Deputy Minister of Construction U Kyaw Linn will run in the poll.

The party’s full candidate list will be announced on Thursday afternoon.

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