Arakanese MP dies of heart disease

Arakanese politician and veteran activist Aung Sein Tha has died from heart disease, aged 75.

His colleague in the Rakhine Nationalities Development Party, Hla Saw, said that the People’s Parliament representative had been in Naypyidaw on parliamentary duty when he was hospitalised. He died on 1 March.

Aung Sein Tha had taken part in the July 1962 student protests that followed the military coup, for which he was expelled from school. He later joined the armed Arakan Communist Party.

In 1976 he was jailed for treason for his role in the group, before being released in an amnesty in 1980.

Aung Sein Tha was elected in 2010 as parliamentary representative for the RNDP in Minbya township in the Arakan state capital of Sittwe.

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