They haven’t had much of a break, the slum-dwellers and squatters in Yangon’s densely populated industrial outer suburb of Hlaing Tharyar.
It is likely to take at least a year until constitutional change can be achieved, a National League for Democracy spokesperson says, rejecting speculation that the current parliament would agree to amend section 59(f) to allow Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to become president after her landslide election victory.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has assured China that Myanmar’s next government will maintain friendly relations while paying “special attention” to ties with its neighbours, according to Xinhua news agency.
In the latest twist over President U Thein Sein’s refusal to set a date to meet Daw Aung San Suu Kyi following her party’s landslide election victory, Minister for Information U Ye Htut said yesterday that he expects a meeting will take place sometime next month.
Local residents say they have not heard reports of fighting in recent days but also disputed the news that martial law has been lifted, citing the continued enforcement of an 8pm curfew in the main town of Laukkai.
Burned-out stallholders are threatening to protest unless they get back their slots in the rebuilt market hall. Nine of the 300 shopkeepers forced out when Myo Ma Market, in Yenangyaung city, Magwe Region, was destroyed by fire last February fear they will lose all their customers unless they can reopen in the same locations.
Draft changes to a law outlawing prostitution have been sent back to committee after an upper house MP objected and argued that the law should be amended to protect, rather than punish, sex workers.