Another Kachin Political Party Merges with KSPP

Saturday, December 22, 2019

The Union Nationalities Federal Democracy Party (UNFDP) has become the latest political party to join the Kachin State People’s Party (KSPP), which was formed through the merger last year of three other Kachin political parties.

The KSPP’s vice chairman, Gumgrawng Awng Kham, said that representatives of both parties signed an agreement to merge at the Kachin Nationalities Consultation office in Myitkyina on Thursday after holding successful discussions.

“We will get stronger after merging. With our [combined] strength, we can play a leading role in Kachin State,” Gumgrawng Awng Kham told NMG.

According to the KSPP vice-chairman, the leaders of the UNFDP will dissolve the party in the near future.

“The UNFDP will inform the Union Election Commission about the dissolution of the party soon. We are now discussing this matter,” said Gumgrawng Awng Kham.

The UNFDP is led by Bawk Ja and Si Si Naw Ja. High-ranking members of the party will be appointed to the KSPP’s leading committee in accordance with KSPP party policy.

“According to the KSPP’s policy, we will appoint five representatives of the UNFDP to the party’s Central Executive Committee. They submitted the names of their five representatives today, including the chairman, vice-chairman, general secretary and two other representatives. We will work together,” said Gumgrawng Awng Kham.

The KSPP said that it expected to gain more trust from the people of Kachin State and be better able to work for the benefit of the state and its people after merging with other Kachin political parties.

Party leaders have tried to merge different Kachin political parties since 2013.

Three parties—the Kachin Democratic Party, the Kachin State Democracy Party, and the Unity and Democracy Party-Kachin State—successfully merged to form the KSPP in 2018.

The UNFDP is the fourth Kachin political party to successfully merge with the KSPP.