Myanmar parliament speaker’s son resigns as personal assistant

Nay Pyi Taw, April 26 (IANS) The son of Mann Win Khaing Than, the Myanmarese parliament’s new speaker, has resigned as his father’s personal assistant and has been replaced by the deputy director in the House of Nationalities, a media report said on Tuesday.

The resignation came a day after the president’s office issued a directive banning cabinet members from appointing as personal assistants their spouses, children, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, nieces, nephews and grand children, Xinhua news agency reported.

Only public servants can occupy such posts, the directive said.

According to the reports, former speaker of the House of Nationalities Khin Aung Myint appointed his son as his personal assistant and he served for five years.

Meanwhile, the president’s office also issued a directive on April 5 banning cabinet members, government organisation officials and employees from taking bribes as part of its measures to fight corruption, which has long been prevalent in the country.

The directive warned that moral corruption is widespread in the country impacting on its society, economy and rule of law and the new government aims to totally eliminating such customary corruption in a short period.



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