Apparently unsatisfied with the eight competing electoral systems already under discussion in parliament for use in next year’s general election, one hluttaw member has come up with a ninth.
Speculation is rife following a sudden invitation by President U Thein Sein to political and military leaders to attend a meeting at his house on “national reconciliation” on October 31.
Myanmar's top diplomat at the United Nations has reiterated calls for the country to be dropped from the group’s human rights agenda, as he accused the international community of overlooking the reforms undertaken by the government over the past three years.
Talks between the government and representatives of armed ethnic groups aimed at reaching a nationwide ceasefire will resume after the ASEAN Summit in November, a member of the Myanmar Peace Center said last week, but denied suggestions the delay was due to a “deadlock” in talks.
The proposed unification of Kayin ethnic armed groups into the Kawthoolei Armed Forces continues to stir controversy, as a one-day meeting convened to discuss it was extended to three days.
A Bangkok court dismissed defamation charges against migrant rights activist Andy Hall on October 29 on the ground that the police did not sufficiently involve the Thai Attorney General’s office or Mr Hall’s defense team during their investigation and interrogation of Mr Hall.
A US$1.4-billion contract for an airport outside Yangon has been awarded to a Singapore-led consortium, the Department of Civil Aviation has announced, after talks with the original tender winner stalled earlier this year.
Mandalay activists face charges after holding a candlelight protest on October 27 to call for an investigation into the death of journalist Ko Par Gyi.