Mawlamyine, April (27)

The 17th KNU Congress, which was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, political and military situations, kicked off on April 24, and there would be no change in top leaders, according to a KNU source.

The last KNU Congress was held in 2017, and it was supposed to be held every four years, but it was postponed several times due to the COVID-19 pandemic and political and military situations.

This year’s KNU congress is being held via video conferencing due to the military situation, with representatives from all districts and brigades unable to attend in person. The constitution, military, and political procedures will be reviewed and addressed during this conference, as will the re-election of key positions.

Regarding the 17th KNU Congress, Than Lwin Times tried to reach out to some KNU officials and leaders for comments, but no responses have yet been received.

The Karen National Union (KNU) is chaired by General Saw Mutu Say Poe, with Padoh Saw Kwe Htoo Winas as vice chairman, Padoh Saw Ta Doh Moo as general secretary, and General Saw Johnny as KNLA’s Chief of Staff.

While the KNU conference is currently being held, on the one hand, heavy fighting is taking place between the military regime and the KNLA joint forces in the Phapon District (Brigade 5), Nyaunglaybin District (Brigade 3), and Doopalaya District (Brigade 6) areas, which are KNU’s administrative areas, and the junta is carrying out artillery shelling and air strikes on a daily basis.
News – Than Lwin Times

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