Myanmar Junta Member’s House Bombed in Yangon

By The Irrawaddy 22 April 2021

The Yangon house of U Thein Nyunt, a member of the military regime’s governing body the State Administrative Council (SAC), was attacked with three bombs around 7.15 pm on Wednesday.

“Three homemade bombs were thrown at the house. Only one bomb exploded.  One of them was made with PVC pipe and the others were made with iron pipes. No one was injured and there was no serious damage,” said a source close to U Thein Nyunt.

Junta forces arrived at the house in Yangon’s Thingangyun Township following the incident and carried out patrols in the neighborhood.

U Thein Nyunt, a former National League for Democracy (NLD) member, drew ire from his fellow politicians after he accepted a seat on the SAC formed by the military regime after it seized power from the civilian government in a Feb. 1 coup.

Before 1988, he served in the youth affairs department of the Burma Socialist Programme Party led by the late military dictator U Ne Win. After the pro-democracy uprising in 1988, he joined the NLD.

He was on the central executive committee of the NLD when he left the party following its decision to boycott the 2010 general elections. Together with Dr. Than Nyein and U Khin Maung Swe, he co-founded the National Democratic Force (NDF) party.

However, after cracks emerged in the NDF, he founded a new political party, the New National Democracy Party. The house which was attacked on Wednesday is also the headquarters of his party.

U Thein Nyunt was elected to the Lower House representing Yangon’s Thingangyun Township in the 2010 general elections. He was one of the most vocal opponents of the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) government, the proxy of Myanmar’s military.

But he lost his seat in the 2015 general election and failed to win it back in the 2020 election. U Thein Nyunt has been critical of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her NLD government since 2015, after apparently siding with the USDP.

The turncoat was also one of the people who incited Senior General Min Aung Hlaing to stage his coup, after the USDP and its allies suffered a resounding defeat in the 2020 general election.

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