Burma Times: March 30, 2016
Myanmar outgoing president announced the removal of the state of emergency in Arakan state, which had been taken place since 2012, after a serious outbreak of mob attack to the local Rohingya Muslims minority and caused hundreds of them dead and other tens of thousands were forced to live in internal displaced camps.
The president said in his statement that currently there is no threat of danger of lives according to the Arakan state government.
It is not clear what is behind the lifting of the state of emergency, but many assume this dramatic announcement as the military is stepping back from providing day-to-day security in the region.
Due to outbreak of violence and restrictions since 2012, tens of thousands Rohingya have been fled the persecutions and poverties for neighboring countries like as Bangladesh, India, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.
The declaration of order of lifting the emergency came a day after NLD faced protests by lawmakers from the ANP over appointing U Nyi Pu, a candidate of NLD but a Rakhine National as chief minister in Arakan.
About 20 ANP lawmakers, many wearing black stickers on their traditional jackets, walked out of the Arakan regional parliament house while the name of chief minister was announced on Monday.
Arakan is deeply scarred by erupting the violence since 2012, and at the moment the issue becomes one of the most acute challenges for Myanmar’s first popularly elected government in decades.
Regarding the president order, Dr. Aye Maung, the chairman of ANP (the most powerful political party of ethnic Rakhine in western Myanmar) said “We think the situation is good. But any politician can see that Rakhine State is very sensitive and it would be easy for it to explode at any time.”