Saturday, February 13, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Ethnic MPs get ready to take on the majority

“I feel like I am in a different country. This place is very different from our poor region,” said U Kham Khan Thang, Pyithu Hluttaw representative for Chin State’s Tonzang township. It is his very first time in Nay Pyi Taw and, having grown up in a poor town in Chin State, he was taken aback by the grandeur of the buildings and electric lights all along the wide lanes of the nation’s capital.

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Outspoken former MP still feuding over defeat in November 8 election

An outspoken former parliamentarian just won’t let his election loss go.

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Upper house gets ready to elect next Speaker

A rehearsal was held yesterday for newly elected Amyotha Hluttaw MPs as they prepared for the election of the Speaker and deputy speaker today.

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Permanent secretaries prepped for change of guard

Civil service chiefs, themselves barely a year in the job, are getting ready to meet their new bosses. The permanent secretaries have been preparing for a changing of the guard since last November’s elections resulted in a landslide for the National League for Democracy.

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Outgoing MPs optimistic about new parliament

Newly elected MPs of the National League of Democracy took up their seats for the first time yesterday in the Pyithu Hluttaw, applauded by former lawmakers who expressed optimism about the future of a parliament dominated by political novices.

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USDP poised on the brink of a split

After its loss in the November 8 election, the former ruling party faces internal struggles that have divided its ranks since the purge of Thura U Shwe Mann

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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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