Among all the murky reports to emerge from Rakhine State this week, one thing that is clear: When it comes to the biggest crisis to hit Myanmar since Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s civilian led administration was elected, the military is undoubtedly running the show.
The Tatmadaw has arrested 49 young people from Kachin State on their way back to their homes in Puta-o township after they visited the Kachin Independence Army-controlled border town of Mai Ja Yang.
Which comes first: amending the constitution and laying out the details of the long-promised federal Union? Or surrendering arms in a truly nationwide ceasefire? This chicken-and-egg quandary hits at the very centre of the peace process, which has come no closer to resolution even as the government and the Tatmadaw last weekend vaunted the one-year anniversary of the nationwide ceasefire agreement’s signing.
Survivors of a ferry disaster in Sagaing Region that killed at least 50 passengers have alleged that the supervisory body tasked with monitoring private vessels knew the boat was overloaded beyond capacity, but chose not to act. A complaint has been lodged with the region government.
All political hopefuls seeking to participant in next year’s by-election must register their candidacy during a 10-day window from November 28 to December 7, the Union Election Commission announced this week.
An internal probe into the controversial dismissal of five members of the Shan State National League for Democracy leadership by senior party figure U Win Htein is set to begin next week.
Two villagers from the Mong Si village tract of Shan State’s Kutkai township were detained on October 17 because police suspected that they were providing food to members of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), locals told The Myanmar Times.
The People’s Alliance for Credible Elections is planning to negotiate for access to voter lists ahead of the recently announced April by-election, after an initial rebuff by the polling arbiter.