Aye Tha Aung

Aye Tha Aung
3rd Deputy Speaker of the Assembly of the Union
Assumed office
8 February 2016
Preceded by Nanda Kyaw Swa
2nd Deputy Speaker of the Amyotha Hluttaw
Assumed office
3 February 2016
Preceded by Mya Nyein
Amyotha Hluttaw MP
Assumed office
3 February 2016
Constituency Rakhine State № 6
Myebon Township and Minbya Township
Personal details
Born (1945-12-10) December 10, 1945
Myebon Township, Rakhine State, British Burma (now Myanmar)
Nationality Burmese
Political party Arakan National Party
Parents Nyo Ban, Aye Myaing
Occupation Politician
Religion Theravada Buddhism
Military service
Allegiance Myanmar
Service/branch Myanmar Army
Rank Sergeant Major

Aye Tha Aung (Burmese: အေးသာအောင် [ʔé θà ʔàʊɴ] also spelt Aye Thar Aung; born: 10 December 1945) is a Burmese politician, former political prisoner and incumbent Deputy Speaker of the Amyotha Hluttaw, the upper house of the Myanmar parliament. In the 2015 election, he contested and won the Rakhine State № 6 constituency for a seat in the country's upper house.

He is an ethnic Rakhine and a senior leader of the Arakan National Party, and a longtime political comrade of National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.[1][2][3]

Early life

Aye Tha Aung had only received a high school education. He previously served as a Sergeant Major in the Burmese Army and worked in the Military Industry Corporation. He was dismissed and imprisoned in Mandalay as a result of his underground political activities, and was later released under amnesty in 1974.[2][3][4]

Political career

Aye Tha Aung has worked with Aung San Suu Kyi since 1990 when he was a member of the Committee Representing the People’s Parliament (CRPP), formed by the National League for Democracy and victorious ethnic politicians to push for the convening of a parliament seating the 1990 election winners.[5]

He was arrested in 2000 by military intelligence and was handed a 21-year jail sentence for breaking publication and emergency laws. He is believed to have undergone tough interrogation in prison, and has suffered various health problems and had neck surgery. He was released in 2002.[3][4]

He is a strong defender of the rights of the Buddhist Rakhine people, but he is seen as a less strident nationalist than party leader Aye Maung.[3]

He formerly chaired the Arakan League for Democracy that merged with the Rakhine Nationalities Development Party to form the Arakan National Party in 2014.


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