Burma Times: January 23, 2016
Myanmar Leading National League Democracy (NLD) offered the position of Deputy Speaker in the House of Nationalities to a prominent Rakhine leader U Aye Thar Aung, who is a CEC member of Arakan National Party (ANP) for the term of upcoming new government.
Once U Aye Thar Aung was the chairperson of Arakan League Democracy (ALD) and during 1990 election he won a parliamentary seat, later he became the member of Committee Representing People’s Parliament (CRPP) by joining the member of NLD. Again 2013 he dissolved ALD party and formed ANP by joining Rakhine Nationalities Development Party (RNDP) led by Dr. Aye Maung which was the largest political party in Arakan and has won 9 of the parliamentary seats in the House of Representatives and another 7 of the seats in the House of Nationalities during 2010 general election.
The information was come out later the demand of ANP for the post of chief minister in Arakan.
In one of the statement of the chairman of ANP, Dr. Aye Maung with RFA, he told that ANP will boycott to cooperate with NLD in forming the state government in Arakan if NLD fails to give them chief minister.
Based on this kind of political challenge, many people in proper Myanmar came out to criticize the demand where some of them claimed that the prospect of a state government led by the ANP, which strongly defends the Buddhist Rakhine majority, is causing alarm among minority Muslim communities that have been living in segregated camps and villages without access to basic services since communal violence erupted in 2012.
Regarding the offer, U Aye Thar Aung told as he has no information but a NLD CEC member told that he expects it will be re-joined soon if ANP accepts the offer or not.