Tuesday, February 09, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

RCSS trusts NLD to carry peace process

Warning that “winning an election alone does not bring democracy”, one of the signatories of the nationwide ceasefire agreement signed by eight ethnic armed groups last year has nevertheless expressed confidence in Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s ability to promote the peace process.

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Nay Pyi Taw opens its doors to the new intake

The normally quiet official guesthouse in Nay Pyi Taw was bustling this week as newly elected members of parliament arrived while incumbent delegates busied themselves packing their belongings to depart.

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NLD sets up committee for hluttaw

Prominent members of the National League for Democracy have been assigned to a five-member party committee to organise parliamentary affairs.

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NLD resists expansion of military ministries

A last-minute proposal by President U Thein Sein to bring the Ministry of Immigration under the wing of the military-controlled Ministry of Home Affairs ran into opposition yesterday from the National League for Democracy, which says the merger would deprive the party of a key post in the next government.

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Demands ramp up for fuller political prisoner release

The outgoing government’s last-ditch attempt last week to make good on pledges to release all political prisoners fell well short of the aim, according to international rights groups.

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Tatmadaw chief eyes improved media relations

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing has promised better relations with the media although the Tatmadaw says it does not intend to deal directly with reporters.

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Disaster-prone year uses fraction of possible emergency fund

In a year of disastrous floods, the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation accounted for more than 62 percent of total emergency expenditure, parliament heard yesterday. Yet barely over one-tenth of the K100 billion emergency fund under the president’s control was utilised.

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USDP majority parliament passes trimmed budget for next govt

Parliament has passed the K23.62 trillion (US$18.28 billion) budget for the 2016-17 financial year starting in March. In effect, this means that defeated members of the Union Solidarity and Development Party government have bequeathed spending patterns and constraints to the incoming government elected last November.

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Military appoints familiar faces to its incoming parliamentary bloc

As the military MPs selected to serve in the incoming parliament are confirmed, attention is turning to how they will interact with the majority National League for Democracy members elected last November.

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USDP leaders deny rumours of party split

Some members of the Union Solidarity and Development Party’s top leadership yesterday denied rumours that the party has split into two factions or that individuals had been kicked out.

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