The leader of the Mon Peace and Defense Front (MPDF), Nai Aung Naing, who was a one time officer of the New Mon State Party (NMSP), but now a monk, is organizing Senior Monks in Mon state to join the MPDF to support him in the coming 2010 election.

Mon splinter group leader courts abbots for 2010 election support
Thu 25 Jun 2009, Kon Hadae,IMNA
The leader of a Mon splinter group, who is a monk, is attempting to organize abbots from Mon state to join his party in a bid for the 2010 election.

The leader of the Mon Peace and Defense Front (MPDF), Nai Aung Naing, who was a one time officer of the New Mon State Party (NMSP), but now a monk, is organizing Senior Monks in Mon state to join the MPDF to support him in the coming 2010 election.

If he participates in the coming 2010 election, the Mon nation and all Mon political parties will be able to remain peaceful. That is the reason he has given for his group choosing to participate in coming election, according to source close to an abbot from Mudon township, that had spoke with the MPDF leader. Nai Aung Naing suggested that the abbot should do like him, because he himself is a monk now, and be part of the 2010 election.

What a trick changing Uniform for a Monks robe
Shame on you!!

Nai Aung Naing is a former major general in the NMSP, and was second in command of the parties armed wing, the Mon National Liberation Army (MNLA), which he split from in 2008 to form a new group called the Mon Peace and Defense Front. In 2009 after Nai Aung Naing formed the new group, he joined the monkhood, and has remained there, living at the Thanphyuzayet Monastery in Mon state. “As for me, for sure I will participate in election. If I win the election all Mon people and Mon political parties can remain peaceful,” Nai Aung Naing said to an abbot, according to a monk at the monastery.

The abbot did not accept what Nai Aung Naing said, but the abbot did not say directly that he would not accept Nai Aung Naing’s proposal. “I am concerned that the Mon people and other Mon political parties will have to leave from this country if you win the election and you become a representative of Mon state,” a monk related to IMNA what he had heard an abbot say.

Nai Aung Naing is traveling monastery by monastery attempting to organize the abbots from these monasteries to join his party to participate in coming 2010 election.

According to an eyewitness from Mudon Township, not only is Nai Aung Niang trying to organization monastery abbots, but also his men in the MPDF are traveling to monasteries in Mon State to try and organize abbots to join their party. According to an NMSP officer, the Nai Aung Naing group, MPDF, only has ten men.

“I do not think your group is working for our Mon nation. If you really worked for our nation you will not do like that [participate in election],” a resident from Thanpyuzayet told IMNA he had heard from abbot from Thanphyuzatet said to Nai Aung Naing’s men.

According to an abbot from Mudon township, most abbots in Mon state do not like the Nai Aung Nain group and did not accept when Nai Aung Nai told them to join his party in the coming 2010 election.

The abbot also added that there are fewer Mon people than Burmese people in Nai Aung Naing’s MPDF. He believes these people are not going to work for the Mon nation, and that they will instead just think about themselves.

No concrete information has yet been announced about when or how the election will occur, other then the 2010 date. Few potential participants have announced whether they will be joining the election. Most appear to be waiting till additional information is provided.
.monnews

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