Internally displaced persons living in camps on the outskirts of Sittwe have expressed hope the National League for Democracy’s election landslide will pave the way to ensuring their human rights and ending discrimination against them, saying little has improved in the three years since the violence that displaced them.
Even as they resume parliamentary duties over the next few months, incumbent MPs who lost in the election are mulling plans for the coming year when the National League for Democracy will claim their majority in the hluttaw.
Outgoing Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann has urged his fellow MPs, including those who, like him, lost their seats in last week’s landslide for the National League for Democracy, to be “faithful and dutiful” in the remaining two months of this parliament’s term.
A proliferation of ethnic parties split the vote in Chin State, ushering in a victory for the National League for Democracy with the support of voters who demanded change, political observers in the state believe.
Don’t hunt the hornbills, villagers in Magwe Region are being told. A local environmental NGO, Youth Network, has launched a public awareness campaign, fearing that the birds are being hunted to extinction.