Political parties say a new directive issued by the Union Election Commission that will place tight restrictions on campaigning means next year’s election is unlikely to be free or fair, as tension grows between opposition forces and the military-backed establishment over the country’s political future.
Israeli officials in Yangon have criticised The Myanmar Times for publishing an article about the fighting in Gaza, describing it as unbalanced and providing a skewed version of events.
United Nations Development Programme experts have recommended Myanmar cut back on military spending and focus on social services, warning that the lack of protection for at-risk populations could halt or even reverse development progress in Myanmar.
The Pyithu Hluttaw has agreed to discuss the introduction of proportional representation, helped in part by many ethnic MPs boycotting the vote to show their opposition to the proposal, which has sharply divided the political landscape.
Facebook will speed up the translation of its community standards and guidelines into Myanmar language, an official said at a seminar in Yangon on Sunday, in an effort to combat online hate speech following deadly unrest in Mandalay earlier this month.