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President Win Myint removes Kayah chief minister from office following impeachment vote

The President’s Office on Thursday officially removed Kayah state chief minister L Phaung Sho from office following a vote by regional MPs to impeach him earlier this week. 

An investigation by Kayah’s regional parliament found L Phaung Sho had used public money for personal gain and deposited hundreds of millions of kyat from the lease of government-owned machines into his own bank account. 

“The Kayah state chief minister L Phaung Sho has been relieved of his duties,” said the letter, signed by President Win Myint.

He was removed under article 263e (2) of the constitution, section 80 of the Union Government Law and section 55 of the Regional or State Government Law, the letter added.  

Sixteen of the Kayah state legislature’s 20 MPs voted in a secret ballot to impeach him on Tuesday following a two-week probe.

L Phaung Sho said after the vote that “the truth will be revealed in the end” and that his actions were in line with financial policies.

He also said it was improper that the five-member investigation team included the same MPs who had made the complaint against him. 

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