NLD Vice Chairman Battles Leukemia in Bangkok; Party Remains Hopeful

By Moe Moe 25 November 2019

NAYPYITAW—Mandalay Region Chief Minister Dr. Zaw Myint Maung is recovering from leukemia, according to Dr. Myo Nyunt, spokesperson for the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD).

Dr. Zaw Myint Maung, who is also the vice chairman of the NLD, is currently in Bangkok for his second injection of an anti-cancer drug and is receiving the most advanced treatment for cancer, according to Dr. Myo Nyunt.

“There is good news. I think [he] will not need to retire. If he has to, we will consider it only then,” he told reporters after a meeting of the NLD Central Executive Committee in Naypyitaw on Saturday.

Mandalay Region Electricity Minister U Zar Ni Aung is covering Dr. Zaw Myint Maung’s duties, serving as acting chief minister. As U Zar Ni Aung is competent in the role, there is still no plan to replace Dr. Zaw Myint Maung, said Dr. Myo Nyunt.

The Mandalay Region chief minister has been receiving treatment in Bangkok since the tripartite meeting between the ruling party, the regional government and parliament in Yangon on Oct. 24.

Dr. Zaw Myint Maung is also responsible for reporting intraparty information to the President and the State Counselor.

Below Dr. Zaw Myint Maung in the NLD’s hierarchy are first party secretary U Nyan Win, second party secretary U Hantha Myint and third party secretary Dr. Aung Moe Nyo. The three are 76, 71 and 63 years old, respectively.

Dr. Zaw Myint Maung was elected in the 1990 general election, though the military annulled the results. In the 2012 by-election, he was elected again and assumed office to represent Mandalay’s Kyaukpadaung Township in the Lower House. In the 2015 election, he was elected to the Mandalay regional parliament, representing Amarapura Township, and subsequently appointed head of the Mandalay regional government.

Dr. Zaw Myint Maung is a Mandalay native; his wife and three children are all doctors.

Translated from Burmese by Thet Ko Ko

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