Leaders of the Arakan State Union Solidarity Development Association have traveled to Naypyidaw, the new capital of Burma, after authorities invited them there for the formation of the USDA political party, said a USDA member from Sittwe.
"All stated and district level leaders of the USDA in Arakan left for Naypyidaw last week to discuss the formation of the USDA party to run in the upcoming election," he said.
The USDA delegation from Arakan State is being led by U Kyaw Win, secretary of the Arakan State USDA, and left for Nayipyidaw from the state capital Sittwe by plane on 9 April.
"Now they are attending the USDA meeting in Naypyidaw and the meeting will end before the Burmese new year, Thingyan. They will return to Arakan State today or tomorrow with the new plan for the USDA for the election," he said.
A source from Sittwe reports that the USDA organization will register with the Election Commission in the near future after the organization is transformed into a party that can contest in the 2010 election.
Lt Col U Kyaw Zan Hla, a senior retired army officer, reportedly will lead the Arakan State USDA party and the Burmese military has selected him to serve as the minister of the state.
A politician from Sittwe said, "U Kyaw Zan Hla is chief of the USDA in Arakan State and he accompanied General Than Shwe whenever the general came to Arakan to organize in the state."
USDA members in Arakan State have been working to organize people in Arakan to support the USDA party in the upcoming election. According to a local source, army officials in Arakan are backing the USDA leaders in order to more freely and successful organize people during their trips to the many villages in Arakan State.
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