Zaw Htay was a Myanmar government spokesman. He died when he was 48 years old. Let us see how did he die, what happened, and what was Zaw Htay Cause of Death.
Zaw Htay Cause of Death
Zaw Htay, the former spokesperson for Myanmar’s deposed National League for Democracy (NLD) government, died of a heart attack in Naypyitaw on Monday. He enraged the military after saying after the 2020 election that anybody doubting the NLD’s victory was “committing political suicide.” He was 48.
He had previously worked as the director of the President’s Office and served as the spokesperson for President U Thein Sein, who entered office in 2011.
JUST IN: Former spokesman of @MyanmarSC Aung San Suu Kyi’s government, Zaw Htay, has reportedly died
Cause of death believed to be heart attack
Zaw Htay was army personnel before he was installed as spokesman for Su Kyi’s Govt
— Leong Wai Kit (@LeongWaiKitCNA) May 23, 2022
Zaw Htay was appointed government spokesperson and director-general of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s State Counselor’s Office when the NLD came to power in 2016.
In the aftermath of the 2020 election, the military and its proxy, the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), and its allies accused the NLD of violating electoral regulations and the Constitution, but U Zaw Htay dismissed these charges. He called the claims “acts of people who can’t accept defeat,” saying that those who voted were the ones who knew the most about the election results and who they voted for.
Zaw Htay’s Career
From April 2016 to February 2021, Zaw Htay was the Myanmar government’s spokesman and the director-general of the State Counsellor’s Office. From April 2011 to April 2016, he worked as the presidential spokesman for President Thein Sein’s Myanmar Office of the President.
Zaw Htay, a graduate of the Defense Services Academy’s 37th intake, served in the Myanmar Army before joining the military dictatorship that was then known as the State Peace and Development Council. After that, he worked in Prime Minister General Soe Win’s office. Zaw Htay withdrew from the military with the rank of major after Soe Win’s death in 2007 and joined the Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA).
Zaw Htay was chosen as Aung San Suu Kyi’s spokesman. In April 2016, he was elevated to the deputy director-general of the president’s office under Htin Kyaw and named director-general of the Union Peace Formation under the State Counsellor’s Office.
Zaw Htay declared at a press conference in January 2021 that political parties and organizations contesting the election results are committing political death. Zaw Htay was taken into custody after the military coup on February 1, 2021. In June 2021, he was released.
Tribute to Zaw Htay Death
Aye Min Thant said,
Zaw Htay will live on in the memories of Myanmar journalists who endured years of him alternatively avoiding us and screaming at us for reporting on the lies of the governments he served
Kirt Mausert said,
Hearing Zaw Htay may have died, and while details are unclear (to me) at the moment, I’m just going to ahead and savor this. And to his credit, I have never seen anyone with a more punchable face.
Mayyu Khan said,
I am also sorry for the death of Zaw Htay. Because he should have died by hanging. Hopefully, the death of the rest of the murderous leaders will depend on the trial of the people.
Zee Kwat said,
Ex-Presidential office spokeperson U Zaw Htay aka HmuuZaw has passed away due to a heart attack in NayPyiTaw, 1000 bed hospital this morning at 9 am. U Zaw Htay acted as spokeperson and director in the Presidential office during U Thein Sein and NLD gov.
Debby Chan said,
Zaw Htay is a controversial figure. But I believe that he chose the elected gov’t over the military regime. If he had defected from the NLD-led gov’t, he would have been freed. I deeply worry about other NLD leaders who are imprisoned.
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