Two Chin political parties merge



The Chin Progressive Party (CPP) and the Chin National Party (CNP) which contested the 2010 Myanmar’s general elections will be merged into one party called the Chin National Progressive Party (CNPP).

Salai Ceu Bik Thawng, General Secretary of the CNP told Khonumthung that the documents relating to the merger will be completed by July 2013 for submission to the Election Commission of Myanmar.

The decision of the merger of the two parties was taken at a meeting of the authorities of the two parties’ on April 2013 but the decision was delayed because of the rules and regulations of the Election Commission, said Salai Thawng.

The rules and regulations of the merger were officially released on 28 May 2013 by the Election Commission of Myanmar.

The merger process has been almost completed by the authorities of CNP and CPP. The preparations for the merger of the two parties have been on since 2012.

CPP and CNP won seats in the 2010 general elections in Chin state but they failed to form the government because one quarter of the seats were reserved for Army representatives aligned to the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP).

The Chin National Progressive Party will contest the forthcoming Myanmar’s general election and compete with the USDP, NLD and Ethnic National Development Party in Chin state constituencies.


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