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Friday, 04 September 2015
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Election News

Welcome to The Myanmar Times ongoing coverage of Myanmar's highly-anticipated election. This page will be continuously updated and expanded with more news, features, interviews, and in-depth analysis as our election coverage continues, so keep coming back!

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Nationalists mark anniversary of divisive state religion bill

On August 30, nationalist Buddhists commemorated state religion day, commemorating 54 years since Myanmar’s post-independence parliament declared Buddhism the official religion.

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Hardship and no politics in ‘jail cell’ MP housing

Surveying the tiny concrete cube where he must live with four relatives, MP U Ohn Kyaing is once again reminded of his time as a political prisoner.

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Commission rejects nearly 50 candidates

State and region election sub-commissions have rejected almost 50 candidates from contesting the November 8 election, officials told The Myanmar Times yesterday.

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Election commission rejects Muslim candidates en masse

Nineteen election candidates in northern Rakhine State have been barred from running by the district sub-election commission, which called into question their residency status and the citizenship of their parents.

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Parties condemn UEC restrictions

Politicians contesting the November 8 elections can soon have a slice of state media airtime – so long as they don’t mind a little censorship with their democracy.

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Bagan-era pagoda in line for listing

For centuries, Kyaukse township’s Tamote Shin Pin Shwe Gu Gyi Pagoda lay hidden beneath a layer of rubble.

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MPs approve loans worth billions in 2015

Parliament approved more than US$2.7 billion in foreign loans during its 12th session, Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann said on August 28, as the session was brought to a close after seven months.

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Police charge IDP detained fleeing Rakhine

Yangon immigration officials have charged one of nine Rakhine State Muslim children arrested last week with illegal entry, after deciding that the suspect is actually an adult.

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Cut-price overland trips to Thailand grow in popularity

Growing numbers of Myanmar holidaymakers, including pilgrims to religious sites in Thailand, are finding that travelling cross-border by car is only half the price of going by air, travel agents are saying.

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