Two ministers terminated from duty
The official website of President Thein Sein has made two announcements concerning the departure of government officials. In the first the website announces that Union Minister for Religious Affairs U Hsan Hsint has been sacked and the second said that Chief Minister of Rakhine State U Hla Maung Tin “has been allowed to resign of his own volition”.
Rakhine state, situated on the western coast, has seen high levels of inter-religious violence since mid-2012 leaving around 140,000 Rohingya Muslims homeless. The Rohingya Muslims are considered to be immigrants from Bangladesh and the state has refused to give them citizenship even though many have lived in Myanmar for generations. The violence has largely been driven by Buddhist mobs.
The announcements of the two changes as published on the Presidential website are as follows:
“Resignation of Chief Minister of Rakhine State allowed
Under the Sub-section (a) of the Section 264 of the Constitution of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and Sub-Section (a) of the Section 52 of the Region or State Government Law, Chief Minister of Rakhine State U Hla Maung Tin has been allowed to resign of his own volition.
Duty of Union Minister terminated
Under the Para (i), Sub-section (c) of the Section235 of the Constitution of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and Sub-section (a) of the Section 69 of the Union Government Law, Union Minister for Religious Affairs U Hsan Hsint has been terminated from his duty.”