Energy officials have pledged to push down the price of petrol at the pump still further, as it emerged that some filling station owners are profiting from globally plummeting oil prices by keeping their prices up – or even raising them.
After nine months without medical care, the posting of a single doctor to a “leprosy village” in Yangon is only a small consolation for its nearly 200 residents.
Just like old times – 10 members of the ex-ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party have been invited by the winning National League for Democracy to attend today’s opening of parliament.
The Arakan National Party says it is planning to appeal in court and lobby the election commission over the conviction last week of one of its newly elected MPs, a move that could cost the party a crucial seat in the state hluttaw.
The National League for Democracy’s first foray into the arena as the party of government may have sparked a double political crisis. The nomination of a prominent Rakhine politician as deputy Speaker of the upper house has alienated a major potential ethnic ally, while critics continue to question the background of the nominee for deputy Speaker of the lower house, a former militia commander whose name has been linked to narcotics.
Confirming informed speculation about the nominations for parliamentary speakers, National League for Democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday met with party MPs to reveal the party’s choices. As reported in The Myanmar Times, U Win
Myint, a member of the NLD central executive, is to be nominated for the key post of lower house Speaker.