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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.