YANGON, Myanmar — Three election candidates from Myanmar’s ruling National League for Democracy party were abducted Wednesday by an unidentified armed group from the western state of Rakhine, a party official said.
Min Aung, a part of this Rakhine state parliament, Ni Ni May Myint, a lower house member of their federal parliament, also Chit Chit Chaw, a candidate running for the federal upper house, were abducted in a campaign trip to cities in Taungup township, NLD party official Monywa Aung Shin explained.
“We do not know just which armed group abducted them. Nonetheless, it’s very likely to be one set but I can not confirm it for today,” Monywa Aung Shin stated by telephone.
Myo Nyunt, an NLD party spokesman, also said the party couldn’t confirm who the kidnappers were.
Considering that 2018, Rakhine country was embroiled in a bitter armed battle between the authorities and the Arakan Army, which expects self-determination for the area’s Rakhine ethnic minority. Myanmar has over a dozen minorities seeking some type of independence, but the well-armed Arakan Army is thought to pose the best military threat.
While nobody has claimed responsibility for the abductions, the Arakan Army has gained notoriety for capturing officials along with other civilians and exploiting their victims for propaganda purposes by displaying videos of these on social networking.
The army hasn’t stated the episode, and relatives of these victims didn’t answer telephone calls.
Fighting is only one problem afflicting Rakhine, that has confronted a surge of coronavirus instances which resulted in the authorities to inflict stay-at-home orders from the nation.
While traditional campaigning isn’t permitted in areas with health constraints, candidates may go around in tiny groups to meet Republicans, Myo Nyunt stated.