Tuesday, May 31, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Civil society groups push for local administration law revamp

A lack of transparency and accountability in the election of local administrative officers is discrediting the administration and should be addressed, according to civil society groups.

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Amid cabinet-building spree, govt priorities questioned

More than one-third of the way into the administration’s first 100 days, ministries are still loath to set out details of their agenda. Instead, charting the course for reform are a spate of new, powerfully staffed bodies appointed by President U Htin Kyaw to address issues the government has flagged as priorities.

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Hluttaw eyes fixing repressive laws

Parliament is taking steps to slash one repressive law used to crack down on activists and will debate heavily revising another later this week.

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State counsellor wants “open doors” peace process

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi says the “doors” of the peace process will be open, while indicating however that not all ethnic armed groups will take part at once.

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Hluttaw to debate protest law revamp

Parliament is taking steps to undercut the much-derided protest law that has been used to nail activists with the same charge in multiple townships.

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Nationalist charged, family blocked from jail visit

A Nationalist politician who was defeated at the ballot box is now jailed, facing charges for defaming Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, President U Htin Kyaw and Senior General Min Aung Hlaing.

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Gender inequality continues to plague government under NLD

Even though Myanmar’s de facto leader is now a woman, gender equality in its government remains dire, a new report finds.

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Govt struggles with old budget

Budget decisions made by the previous parliament, which was dominated by the now-opposition Union Solidarity and Development Party, could still hamper the new government’s efforts to conduct its policies.

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NLD wants fewer by-elections

A bill banning by-elections in the first and last year of a government’s term was submitted to parliament by the National League for Democracy yesterday.

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Japan pledges more aid for Myanmar

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida pledged his ongoing support for Myanmar’s development as his government continues its large-scale assistance to the country.

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