Arakan Army claims responsibility for the kidnapping of election candidates

The Arakan Army (AA) has released a statement claiming that it was behind the abduction of  three ruling party candidates 

On October 14, three election candidates from Myanmar’s ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party were abducted by an unknown armed group in the western state of Rakhine. Min Aung, a Member of the Rakhine State Marliament, Ni Ni May Myint, a lower house member of the National Parliament, and Chit Chit Chaw, a candidate running for the National Upper House, were abducted during a campaign trip to villages in Taungup township, NLD party official Monywa Aung Shin said. 

AA said that the three candidates would be “detained and investigated as required by circumstances till a certain time”. 

It accused the NLD of complicity with military “atrocities” against civilians but said it was willing to free the group in return for the release of students arrested while protesting the war and other “innocent people” detained by authorities. 

“If they make demands in this way, it would difficult for us to comply,” Myo Nyunt, a member of the NLD’s central executive committee, told Reuters by phone. 

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