Suu Kyi’s party dismisses fake letter on Myanmar president

(From AFP)

Aung San Suu Kyi’s pro-democracy party on Monday denounced as “fake” a widely circulated letter purporting to reveal its choice of proxy Myanmar president, as speculation over who will take the role reaches fever pitch.

Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi

Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy (NLD) have kept a tight lid on who they want to become the president of Myanmar’s first popularly elected government in decades, as they navigated the tense four-month political transition since November’s landmark elections.

But with just days to go before they are set to announce their preferences on Thursday, and with Suu Kyi still blocked from the role by the junta-era constitution, a letter purporting to reveal the selecting emerged on social media on Sunday.

The purported document, which was stamped with an official NLD logo, listed current presidential favourite Htin Kyaw and ethnic Shan MP Hkun Tun Oo as the party’s nominees for the roles of vice presidents — one of whom would be selected as leader.

“That statement was not released by the NLD and was just a fake one. We hereby announce that such kind of fabrication is like committing a crime,” the NLD said on its official Facebook account on Monday. Read More



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