KNU postpones its 17th Congress again


Mawlamyine, October (29)

The 17th Karen National Union (KNU) Congress, scheduled to be held this year, has been postponed again due to the intensifying fighting and junta airstrikes, the spokesperson of KNU, Padoh Saw Taw Nee said.

The KNU Congress had been planned to be held for the last few years, but was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the military coup.

The KNU planned to organize the congress on October 24, 2022, because the deadline had passed and the congress could no longer be postponed for more than two years, according to KNU regulations.

Although the KNU adjourned the Congress over two years, the Central Standing Committee has not been dissolved and would remain in place legally, according to the KNU Constitution.

Despite the fact that the Congress conference has been rescheduled, Padoh Saw Taw Nee stated that the next meeting will be convened and measures will be decided in accordance with the KNU constitution.

At the 17th KNU Congress, top leaders will be re-elected and decisions will be made about future activities.

After the military coup, there have been about 7,000 clashes between the military regime and the resistance forces in the territory controlled by the Karen National Union (KNU), a powerful ethnic armed resistance group.

News – Than Lwin Times


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