Police seize control of ruling party headquarters in Myanmar

2015-08-13 12:11


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Yangon, Myanmar - Security forces have seized control of the headquarters of Myanmar's ruling party as rifts between party members intensified ahead of upcoming general elections, witnesses said on Thursday.

Tensions have been building for months between President Thein Sein and Parliament speaker Shwe Mann, both of whom have expressed an interest in leading the country.

An internal meeting was held at the Union Solidarity and Development Party headquarters on Wednesday to announce the selection of candidates for the November 8 polls.

The local news site, Irrawaddy, said it was announced that Shwe Mann had been dismissed as the party chairperson — infuriating some members.

His whereabouts were not known on Thursday, but a witness said his home security officer was questioned by the chief of police.

Witnesses said that trucks started arriving late on Wednesday and that some party members were prevented from leaving the building.

Minister of Information Ye Htut said on his Facebook page that it was an internal party matter.

"But I heard something is going on with the changing of party leaders or high-ranking offices," he said.

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