One month in to the new National League for Democracy's term, Myanmar Times correspondents Thu Thu Aung and Zaw Zaw Htwe took to the streets to ask Myanmar citizens what they think of the new government's performance – and whether it's had an effect on their lives yet.
Officially wading into the peace process for the first time since the National League for Democracy administration took office, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday revealed a rough outline for the path the new government intends to chart, as well as who could be leading it.
Ousted Union Solidarity and Development Party leader Thura U Shwe Mann says he will keep fighting against his expulsion from the former ruling party, dismissing speculation that he intends to set up a new political organisation or join the National League for Democracy.
Rakhine State’s new chief minister says both Buddhist and Muslim communities displaced by conflict need more aid before the onset of the monsoon season.
More than a dozen refugees abandoned by people smugglers have been found in a southern Thai forest, police said yesterday, almost a year after a crackdown which has forced traffickers to find new routes.
Transport chiefs say holiday ticket touts have struck again, ignoring stern warnings against overcharging passengers eager to get home for Thingyan. U Nyunt Wai, chair of Ma Hta Tha, the Yangon Region Supervisory Committee for Motor Vehicles, said it had fined 35 bus companies nearly K4 million after receiving dozens of complaints.
A well-known blogger and new National League for Democracy MP, Nay Phone Latt, won a seat in Yangon Region parliament in Thingangyun township in November’s election, becoming one the NLD’s youngest MPs. Born in 1980 as Nay Myo Kyaw, he adopted his pen name for his writings during the former junta.
A landmine explosion that injured two foreign tourists and their guide while trekking in Shan State has served as a bleak reminder of the deadly legacy of decades of civil war – just as poorer remote areas of Myanmar were looking forward to an economic boost from the democracy dividend.