The Irrawaddy

Karen State Chief Minister Injured in Car Accident

MOULMEIN, Mon State — Karen State Chief Minister Daw Nan Khin Htwe Myint broke her left leg and dislocated her wrist in a car accident in state capital Hpa-An on Friday morning, said Saw Poe Kwar, a personal staff officer of the deputy parliamentary speaker of Karen State.

“Her injuries were not serious. She is receiving treatment at Karen State Hospital and does not need to go to Yangon for treatment,” Saw Poe Kwar told The Irrawaddy.

The chief minister was on her way to attend the birthday celebration of renowned Buddhist monk Taunggalay Sayadaw and the opening of Parami Bridge when the accident happened near the Hpa-An golf course.

“The tie rod stopped working. The car didn’t flip over. It just skidded sideways,” he said.

The car did not hit other vehicles or people, but skidded and hit a teak plant, injuring the chief minister, he added.

Translated from Burmese by Thet Ko Ko.