Saturday, February 06, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Day 1: NLD takes its parliamentary seats

It had been a long wait: almost three months since the election that swept Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy to victory, but also decades of being kept on the sidelines by military control. Finally Myanmar’s NLD MPs took their seats in parliament as the ruling party.

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Army newspaper rejects NLD leader as president

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi should never be allowed to become president by changing the constitution, according to a hard-hitting opinion piece published in the military-owned Myawady newspaper yesterday.

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Who will her president be?

Will Myanmar’s next president be a woman, a member of an ethnic minority or even a former general?

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Energy Ministry promises clampdown on oil prices

Energy officials have pledged to push down the price of petrol at the pump still further, as it emerged that some filling station owners are profiting from globally plummeting oil prices by keeping their prices up – or even raising them.

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U Shwe Mann among USDP ex-MPs invited to hluttaw opening

 Just like old times – 10 members of the ex-ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party have been invited by the winning National League for Democracy to attend today’s opening of parliament.

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President bids farewell, will lead USDP again

Months of uncertainty over who will lead the once-dominant Union Solidarity and Development Party ended yesterday when it was confirmed that outgoing President U Thein Sein would return to take the reins when his five-year terms ends in late March.

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Presidential immunity secured

Squeaking through just under the wire, Pyidaungsu Hluttaw yesterday approved a law that would provide for the security of President U Thein Sein when he leaves office, granting him immunity from prosecution for acts committed in his official capacity.

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Parliament rejects military expansion

In what may be its last significant decision, the outgoing parliament yesterday rejected a request from President U Thein Sein to bring immigration under the control of the military.

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Over 200 candidates disqualified

A total of 215 candidates will be disqualified for failing to submit campaign expenses, according to the Union Election Commission.

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Close to bottom of corruption index but improving slightly

Myanmar still languishes among the world’s most corrupt countries although its performance has improved slightly over the past year, according to a global review released yesterday.

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