Monday, February 08, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

House of nationalities launches, eyes reconciliation

True to its name, the Amyotha Hluttaw – the house of ethnic peoples – yesterday duly elected two members of ethnic minorities as its Speaker and deputy speaker.

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Struggle over the presidency appears to postpone nomination

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi revealed yesterday that her party’s highly anticipated nomination for the presidency could take longer than expected.

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Ethnic MPs get ready to take on the majority

“I feel like I am in a different country. This place is very different from our poor region,” said U Kham Khan Thang, Pyithu Hluttaw representative for Chin State’s Tonzang township. It is his very first time in Nay Pyi Taw and, having grown up in a poor town in Chin State, he was taken aback by the grandeur of the buildings and electric lights all along the wide lanes of the nation’s capital.

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Saffron leader’s trial starts with glitches, sends him back to jail

It was a long wait for activists, embassy officials, family members and media gathered yesterday morning for the trial of former Saffron Revolution leader and political prisoner U Gambira, who has been arrested on immigration charges.

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Outspoken former MP still feuding over defeat in November 8 election

An outspoken former parliamentarian just won’t let his election loss go.

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‘Fifth Estate’ app aims for govt accountability

In a country now saturated with smartphones and an information-hungry population, it was only a matter of time before someone developed an app for civic engagement with the newly elected National League for Democracy-led government.

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A town beyond the law: Hlaing Tharyar

Hlaing Tharyar is a township of fear, beyond police control, say residents.

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NLD leader ‘must be’ president: U Tin Oo

U Tin  Oo, veteran patron of the National League for Democracy, declared yesterday that he had no desire to become president and that the post must be given to party leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

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Upper house gets ready to elect next Speaker

A rehearsal was held yesterday for newly elected Amyotha Hluttaw MPs as they prepared for the election of the Speaker and deputy speaker today.

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Permanent secretaries prepped for change of guard

Civil service chiefs, themselves barely a year in the job, are getting ready to meet their new bosses. The permanent secretaries have been preparing for a changing of the guard since last November’s elections resulted in a landslide for the National League for Democracy.

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