Tuesday, May 03, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Problematic first month for new government

Wedged between a military unwilling to relinquish power and high expectations from its supporters, it has not been an easy first month for the NLD-led government as Daw Aung San Suu Kyi slowly embarks on her promised path to change.

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U Shwe Mann fights party expulsion

Ousted Union Solidarity and Development Party leader Thura U Shwe Mann says he will keep fighting against his expulsion from the former ruling party, dismissing speculation that he intends to set up a new political organisation or join the National League for Democracy.

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Daw Suu to meet military, armed groups

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is scheduled today to hold her first meeting since taking office with representatives of the military and ethnic armed groups that signed the nationwide ceasefire agreement, according to a senior general.

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Shwe Mann to hold press conference as Tatmadaw takes a swipe

The recently expelled former head of the Union Solidarity and Development Party Thura U Shwe Mann will hold an urgent press conference today to bring attention to what he has termed the wrongful ousting of himself and 16 other party members.

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NLD cracks down on nepotism

In an attempt to end nepotism inside the government, the minister of the President’s Office issued an order banning officials from appointing relatives or spouses as personal assistants.

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Court delays land-grab hearing over two dozen times

Two farmers charged with squatting on land they say was confiscated from them by the government have been told to wait even longer for their case to be dealt with. U Kyaw Min and U Bo Maung had been told the case would be handled by Nay Pyi Taw City Development Committee court by April 25, but the judge deferred the case again until May 9.

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Education minister pledges to revamp intellectual property laws

Intellectual property rights must be respected, the new education minister said yesterday in his first large-scale public speech since his appointment.

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NLD ‘iron rules’ stifle new parliamentarians

They're banned from speaking to the media. They need permission to ask questions in parliament. They are forced to stay in Nay Pyi Taw's municipal guesthouses. Welcome to life as a National League for Democracy parliamentarian.

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NLD could draft new constitution

The National League for Democracy may scrap efforts to amend the constitution and instead seek to write a new charter, a legal adviser to the party has revealed.

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Ministries set for months-long review and overhaul

Don't expect quick changes. That was the message emanating from Nay Pyi Taw yesterday, with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi announcing a restructuring of government ministries that could take up to two months.

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