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Ruling party in U-turn on ouster of speaker

Myanmar's Parliamentary Speaker Shwe Mann ​campaigns in a village in Kanyuntkwin, Bago region, on Wednesday, just before news that he had been ejected from the ruling USDP. (Photo by Gwen Robinson)

KANYUNTKWIN, BAGO, Myanmar -- By noon on Wednesday, it appeared that the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party had finally lost patience with Shwe Mann, the parliamentary speaker who was ousted as party chair in August after a long running rivalry with Myanmar President Thein Sein.

     Htay Oo, the USDP's acting chair, told the BBC that Shwe Mann, a candidate in Myanmar's imminent parliamentary elections, had been formally and finally removed from the party two days before. Htay Oo said the decision had been taken because "those who no longer serve the party should no longer be member[s]."

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