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

NLD ‘iron rules’ stifle new parliamentarians

They're banned from speaking to the media. They need permission to ask questions in parliament. They are forced to stay in Nay Pyi Taw's municipal guesthouses. Welcome to life as a National League for Democracy parliamentarian.

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NLD could draft new constitution

The National League for Democracy may scrap efforts to amend the constitution and instead seek to write a new charter, a legal adviser to the party has revealed.

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Ministries set for months-long review and overhaul

Don't expect quick changes. That was the message emanating from Nay Pyi Taw yesterday, with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi announcing a restructuring of government ministries that could take up to two months.

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NLD defends ‘experimental’ cabinet as pressure builds

The start has been, critics say, inauspicious. With its penchant for secrecy, missteps, odd choices and sudden shifts, the new National League for Democracy government has so far failed to impress with its choice of cabinet ministers.

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Govt reveals amnesty plan

The government says it intends to bypass the military-controlled National Defence and Security Council to free political prisoners and activists on trial for political offences “as soon as possible”.

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Canada to restart scholarships

Canada has agreed to restart a scholarship program for Myanmar students and increase cultural exchanges. Stephane Dion discussed the scholarship program with President U Htin Kyaw during a meeting in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday, a President’s Office spokesperson said.

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The continued influence of Thura U Shwe Mann

The inclusion of National League for Democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in the list of ministers published on March 22 by incoming President U Htin Kyaw has myriad implications for the governance of the country and the management of the party and of parliament, many of which are yet to emerge. But one result, observers say, is to strengthen still further the influence of former Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann.

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A flurry of foreign ministers on the way

China's Wang Yi was first through the door but Western foreign ministers are also beating a path to Nay Pyi Taw to offer their support to the new government and press for investment opportunities.

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New Nay Pyi Taw Council chair meets staff

Newly appointed head of the Nay Pyi Taw Council U Myo Aung met with the territory’s eight township heads yesterday.

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NLD to ram through state counsellor law

The National League for Democracy says it intends to ram through by tomorrow a law that would create a pivotal post in government for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi despite opposition by the military bloc in parliament.

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