National Development Party (Myanmar)

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National Development Party
ChairmanNay Zin Lat
Founded9 July 2015 (2015-07-09)
IdeologyBurmese nationalism
Buddhist nationalism[1]
Political positionRight-wing to far-right[3]

The National Development Party (Burmese: အမျိုးသားတိုးတက်ရေးပါတီ; abbr. NDP) is a minor political party in Myanmar.[4] It was founded by Nay Zin Lat, a former political adviser to President Thein Sein, who retired from his post on 30 April 2015.[5][6] The party registered with the Union Election Commission before the registration deadline on 30 April, and in advance for the 2015 general election.[7] The party is organised by graduates and students of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, a local NGO headed Nay Zin Lat himself.[7] The party promotes an ultranationalist and Buddhist nationalist platform, espousing racialist views and advocating suffrage for monks.[1]

The party registered 354 candidates who contested in the 2015 general election, but failed to win a single seat.[8]


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  3. ^ "Myanmar is ripe for third-party opposition". Lowy Institute for International Policy. 12 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Parties | National Development Party". Archived from the original on 17 November 2015.
  5. ^ Ye Mon (17 July 2015). "Ministers, deputies beating a path to new party: founder". Myanmar Times. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  6. ^ Ye Mon (4 May 2015). "Presidential adviser 'retires' due to links with new party". Myanmar Times. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  7. ^ a b San Yamin Aung (29 April 2015). "Presidential Adviser Lends Hand to Political Party Hopeful". The Irrawaddy. Retrieved 17 July 2015.
  8. ^ Verbruggen, Yola (13 November 2015). "The biggest loser: What does the future hold for the NDP?". Election. The Myanmar Times. Retrieved 18 November 2015.