First Emergency Session of Chin State Assembly Summoned
18 June 2011: A two-day ’emergency’ session of the Chin State Parliament is set to take place at the Parliament Building in Hakha Town, Chin State on 29-30 June 2011. But no notification has been given to Parliamentarians as to the agenda to be disccussed.
The meeting, summoned by the Chin State government, requires from each party a list of names that will attend the session, to be submitted on the 27th-28th of this month.
Salai Ceu Bik Thawng, General Secretary of the Chin National Party, told Chinland Guardian: “As of today, we haven’t got any information as to why the meeting is called and what will be discussed. Therefore, we are not sure about what to prepare and to do.”
“As it will be only for two days,” Salai Ceu Bik Thawng added, “I don’t think there will be time for us to submit or discuss any kind of proposals or statements.”
One outstanding issue yet to be resolved is the withholding of appointment of one ministerial position at the state level. Currently Chin State has only a total of eight ministries, one less than other states or regions, which have all instituted nine ministries.
With eight ministers appointed in April 2011, Chin State has still got one post vacant in its ministries to date, after nominee Mr. Kui Thang, of the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) from Kanpetlet Township No. 1 constituency, was disqualified due to not having attained the ‘required’ age of 35. The 2008 military-backed constitution requires a government cabinet member to be at least 35 years of age.
To this, Salai Ceu Bik Thawng said his the party would like to raise a question over why the last ministerial seat is still kept vacant, if there is a chance to do so in the State Hluttaw upcoming session.
“We would like to know why Mr. Hung Ngai, as Chin State Chief Minister, can not appoint the required ministers until today. This is in reality a big loss for the Chin people.”