Decades of speculation have been brought to an end. Myanmar’s population, estimated in recent years at anywhere from 45-70 million, stands at 51,419,420, the Central Census Committee announced on August 29.
The Yangon Region government has backtracked on its controversial decision to award the contract for a 30,000-acre city expansion project to a little-known public company, announcing that it would instead conduct a tender.
A regional parliamentarian whose proposal to abolish and re-form Yangon City Development Committee according to the law was rejected says she will take her fight to the national legislature – and possibly the Constitutional Tribunal.
A Senior Buddhist monk has urged political parties to prioritise “nationalism” – or “the interest of national ethnic groups and citizens” – over human rights.
The government has promised armed ethnic groups that agreements arising out of the nationwide ceasefire and subsequent political dialogue will be enshrined in legislation, peace negotiators from both sides say.