Rakhine opposition to a citizenship verification process for the state’s Muslims is partly based on a “misunderstanding” of the legal process, a deputy immigration minister told MPs yesterday.
In the first of three slated, high-level transition talks, yesterday Daw Aung San Suu Kyi met with Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann at his office in Nay Pyi Taw.
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.
Recently retired generals looking to win for the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party in what were considered safe seats in Myanmar’s military-heavy capital radiated a sense of relaxed confidence yesterday, even as a hint of possible defeat beckoned.
As the nation gears up for its most competitive national election in at least 25 years, members of parliamentary committees and commission, as well as government officials, are examining dozens of bills for a Pyidaungsu Hluttaw session scheduled to kick off just eight days after the vote.
A woman is marching alone to Nay Pyi Taw to see President U Thein Sein with a single demand: free prisoners jailed under the Unlawful Associations Act. Daw Nan Mu Kham says she is acting on behalf of those imprisoned for contact with groups that have now been removed from the list of illegal associations after signing the nationwide ceasefire agreement last month.
Avoid violence in responding to attacks and provocations, and rely on the law for protection, opposition National League for Democracy campaigners have been advised. U Min Thu, MP for Ottarathiri township, Nay Pyi Taw, who is leading the party’s campaign in the capital, spoke out after a series of violent attacks on NLD candidates.
Just talking about democracy is not enough, a candidate for the Union Solidarity and Development Party told a campaign rally yesterday. Speaking in his constituency of Dekkhinathiri township, Nay Pyi Taw, Pyithu Hluttaw candidate U Myint Hlaing said governing required more than slogans.
As advance voting kicks off today – officially at least – the Carter Center has reiterated its recommendation to the Union Election Commission to allow groups to “fully” observe the voting process, the transparency of which remains one of the major points of concern among political parties.