Spokesman: No speech made by Acting President U Myint Swe

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March 24, 2018

U Zaw Htay, the spokesperson for the President’s Office, said yesterday that Acting President U Myint Swe didn’t deliver a message or speech, as was stated widely on social media, terming the claim “fake news”.

“In the social media network, it was titled as the first message to the people by the Acting President. The message was also said to contain the assertion of what sort of people ought to be selected as a President. The message was reportedly said to have been delivered during the time when the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw was preparing to select the President. The Acting President returned from Morocco last week and didn’t meet with the public nor deliver a speech. There is no announcement in state-owned media about the Acting President delivering a speech to the public. As this news was reported widely in the social media, I’m denying this in order to prevent the people from having any doubt about it”, said Director General U Zaw Htay, the spokesperson for the President’s Office.

According to the 2008 Constitution, the first Vice President becomes the Acting President whenever the President’s position becomes vacant due to death, when the President is permanently unable to perform his duties or when he resigns before the expiry of his term. The first Vice President is the person who received the second highest number of votes during the presidential election. Vice President U Myint Swe is currently serving as Acting President after the resignation last week of U Htin Kyaw. The constitution dictates that a new president should be selected by the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw in seven days time.

Investigations are being conducted to expose who disseminated the false news and appropriate action will be taken according to the law, it was learnt.

“We are investigating the (social media) account owner who spread this news”, U Zaw Htay said.