Assassination of Elected Official Increases Political Tensions in Myanmar

A newly elected ruling party member of parliament was shot to death by unknown assailants in turbulent Shan state two weeks after the national election.

A newly elected ruling party member of parliament was shot to death by unknown assailants in turbulent Shan state two weeks after the national election.

U Htike Zaw’s, an MP-elect from the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) for the Amyotha Hluttaw constituency 1 in Shan State was shot in his Pin Tain village home in Kyaukme Township during the evening last Saturday. 

“Two men on a motorcycle arrived at the betel shop in front of [U Htike Zaw’s house] and shot him in the right side of his chest. U Htike Zaw died while on the way to Kyaukme District Hospital,” said U Myo Nyunt, a central executive member of the NLD.

It was not immediately clear if the killing of  U Htike Zaw was because of politics or a personal matter.

Before U Htike Zaw, the house of the chair of the Kyaukme Township Election Commission was also shot with a small weapon five days before after some people were reportedly not satisfied with the results of the 2020 general election.

“A statement condemning such violent politics will be issued soon,” said U Myo Nyunt.

Dr. Min Zaw Oo, the executive director of the Myanmar Institute for Peace and Security, warned that the assassination could mark the beginning of a culture of political violence.


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