Two elections took place on November 8. One was held in the glare of local and international publicity, treating viewers to the sight of millions of civilians queuing patiently to cast their votes in schools converted for the day into polling stations.
Twenty-five years ago, the fall of socialism brought a stunning election victory for the National League for Democracy. But it would be two decades before the nation voted again, and a full quarter-century until the NLD could repeat its sweep to power. The Myanmar Times visualises the results of the 2010, 2012, and 2015 polls to help chart the NLD's climb to power.
Throwing out the case against student protestors and setting them free is the best thing the government can do for its legacy, says U Robert San Aung, the lawyer for the students beaten and arrested at Letpadan last March.
Rescuers are losing hope of finding survivors buried under a giant landslide at a jade mine in the northern township of Hpakant as only one more body was retrieved by yesterday afternoon, taking the confirmed death toll to 105 after three days of searching.
Clashes between the Tatmadaw and the Shan State Army-North have displaced an estimated 9000 people, who have fled as far as Lashio and Taunggyi to escape the conflict and who are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance, parliamentarians say.
Nearly 50 representatives from political parties meeting to push forward the peace process have agreed on common points to form the basis of political dialogue with the ethnic armed groups that signed the nationwide ceasefire agreement last month.
Deaths and injuries caused by landmines continue to rise in Myanmar, one of the world’s most heavily mined countries, according to an annual report by the International Campaign to Ban Landmines.
Thailand and Myanmar still seem to be at odds over how and when the migrant workforce will be regularised and given legal papers.