Thein Sein opts out from election

Maung Maung Htay one of the spokeperson for the Union Solidarity and Development Party talks to the media during a news conference in their party head office in Naypyitaw, August 13, 2015.
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President Thein Sein and Vice-President Nyan Tun will not compete in the November 8 election, Union Solidarity and Development Party General Secretary Maung Maung Thein confirmed yesterday at a Nay Pyi Taw press conference.

Maung Maung Thein said: "We did not propose a candidate for the president's Zabuthiri constituency. The president himself proposed Myat Hein, the union minister for communications, post and information technology for the constituency in Nay Pyi Taw. Likewise, Vice-President Nyan Tun will not run for a seat. It is assumed that he will not compete in the election as an independent. President Thein Sein said that he was a USDP member forever.

"This decision is not concerned with his health condition. He decided it of his own volition. The USDP has yet to decide who will be president if the party wins the election. It will be done by central committee members after the election."

The party's candidate list includes 59 military officers for 26 seats for the Upper and Lower houses and 33 seats for regional and state parliaments. Fifty union ministers and deputy ministers would fight for 46 Lower and Upper houses and four regional seats, he added.

Vice-President Dr Sai Mauk Kham will stand for Parliament.

A retired general, Hla Htay Win, who will run for the Lower House in Zeyathiri, said: "I have performed duties in the defence and security sector. But I was also involved in national politics and will continue to serve the country's interests. I want to perform duties to help social affairs, peace and stability."

Lower House candidates include Admiral Thura Thet Swe for Cocokyun, Lieutenant-General Wai Lwin for Pobbathiri, Lt-Gen Thaung Aye for Pyawbwe, Lt-Gen Soe Thein for Thabeikkyin, Lt-Gen Hla Min for Shwegyin, Gen Khin Maung Htay for Tanintharyi, Gen Kyaw Nyunt for Pyinoolwin, Gen Nyan Htun for Kani, Gen Zaw Min for Kawa, Gen Tin Aung Chit for Aunglan, Colonel Won Sun Htan for Tiddim, Col Zaw Min Oo for Matupi, Col Lin Zaw Htun for Mong Hpayak, Col Mya Than Htun for Padaung, Col Maung Maung Win for Lay Myat Nar, Lt-Col Saing Kyaw Moe for Mong Pan and Major Soe Moe for Kyauktaw.

The House of Nationalities candidates include Brig-Gen Htay Naing for Bago Region No.6 constituency, Brig-Gen Thein Htite for Ayeyawady Region No.6, Brig-Gen Aung Lwin for Kayin State No.8, Brig-Gen Kyaw Naing for Bago Region No.3, Lt-Col Saw Robert for Kayin State No.9, Lt-Col Myint Shein for Mon State No.1 and Major Win Kyu for Tanintharyi Region No.8.