Myanmarâ€™s ruling National League for Democracy party has warned the Yangon Chief Minister for his controversial remarks on the countryâ€™s military chief, according to one of the partyâ€™s secretariat members.
U Nyan Win told The Irrawaddy that the warning was made on Thursday.
â€œWe canâ€™t reveal the details of the warning. We have issued an internal memo on Friday regarding the issue,â€ he said.
The memo viewed by The Irrawaddy said: â€œThe partyâ€™s CEC has warned U Phyo Min Thein for what he said at a workshop held in collaboration with USAID . . . CSOs and Media in Yangon on July 9.â€
In his address at the event, the chief minister said: â€œThere are no civil-military relations in the democratic eraâ€ and that â€œthe militaryâ€™s commander-in-chief position is the same as the level of director-general, according to the [state] protocol.â€
The Myanmar military released a statement on Tuesday, urging the government to â€œtake necessary actionsâ€ against Yangon Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein regarding the remarks concerning the head of the military.
In another announcement made the following day, the army said Yangonâ€™s chief minister was not suitable for â€œconstructive, long-term relationsâ€ with the army and called his comments about the military chief an â€œinsult.â€
The Myanmar government spokesperson told The Irrawaddy on Thursday that the Yangon Chief Ministerâ€™s remarks on the army chiefâ€™s position do not reflect the governmentâ€™s stance and had â€œcaused misunderstandings between the government and the military.â€
â€œAs the chief minister is responsible [for what he said], we have instructed him to do what he needs to do,â€ U Zaw Htay said.The NLD administration has attracted the militaryâ€™s ire with their comments twice. In May, the partyâ€™s spokesperson U Win
Htein said he suspected that the military may have been involved in spreading rumors aimed at destabilizing the NLD government. When the military complained, he said he didnâ€™t intend to make accusations against anyone, and that his comments were a â€œslip of the tongue.â€