All the speculation about who will hold the nation’s top jobs should come to an end this month. With newly elected legislators taking their Nay Pyi Taw seats, the specifics of further compromises between the National League for Democracy and the military will become clearer.
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Myanmar’s new crop of parliamentarians – taking their seats yesterday to forge laws and afford checks and balances to administrative power for the next five years – deserves a cheer of welcome from the populace as well as the international community. Free and fair elections in November set them firmly on course.
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Ms Aung San Suu Kyi’s party has taken an unprecedented public mandate into Parliament.

But popularity and power are only the beginning for the Nobel laureate and her hundreds of new MPs, many of whom have no experience of public office.
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As the National League for Democracy (NLD) prepares to take over from the army-backed government of President Thein Sein it faces the challenge of getting a handle on government institutions and possibly reforming them.
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A court in Mandalay Division’s Amarapura Township sentenced a student activist to six months in prison on Friday for his role in a graffiti protest on the grounds of Yadanabon University in mid-2015.
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Burma’s first-ever LGBT film festival kicked off Thursday evening at Rangoon’s French Institute on Pyay Road, showcasing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender-themed international films for a second year running.
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Rental housing is being prepared for migrant workers living in unlicensed huts along the Ayeyawady River in Mandalay Region, according to the Global New Light of Myanmar on 29 January quoting the local development committee.
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Myanmar’s military-stacked parliament began its last session Friday as Aung San Suu Kyi’s pro-democracy party prepared for a dramatic power transfer that will loosen the army’s 50-year clasp on the country.
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On Monday Myanmar will convene its first popularly-elected parliament in more than half a century, a historic moment unthinkable just five years ago in a country locked under decades of military rule.
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The faces of Myanmar’s new Parliament, when it convenes in Napyitaw on February 1, will be almost unrecognisable when compared to the previous assembly.
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Outgoing Union Parliament Speaker Shwe Mann gave a final press conference in Naypyidaw on Friday, signing off by offering few hints about what the future might hold for him, but making clear that he is open to taking a role in the incoming government, if asked.
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At the Union Parliament in Naypyidaw on Friday, one former senior leader of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), Thura Aung Ko, said he was cutting ties in the first high-profile defection from a party on the ropes after its November election defeat.
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She swept to power promising a new era of “clean politics” in Burma after five decades of military rule.

But just two days before her National League for Democracy takes control of parliament, Aung San Suu Kyi is embroiled in controversy for nominating a former militia leader from the defeated pro-military party for a top job.
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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.
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An Arakanese politician victorious in November polls for the state’s parliament has been sentenced to six months in prison. The verdict strips him of his right to serve in the legislature, however he reserves the right to appeal.
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Qatari telecoms firm Ooredoo is investing more in Myanmar this year in a bid to broaden its appeal, the head of its local unit told Reuters, brushing aside suggestions that it would exit one of Southeast Asia’s fastest growing markets.
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State-owned Myanma Posts and Telecommunications (MPT) has plans to expand its 3G mobile network to cover 90 percent of Burma’s population by the end of next month, increasing the number of subscribers with access to the service by roughly 50 percent.
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At Shwe Kokko Myaing’s rubber plantation in Myawady district, crowded trees stretch endlessly on either side of the road. The workers live in old dwellings by the roadside.
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Nearly 1300 filling stations in Mandalay Region could be overcharging motorists, say regulators. Myanmar Petroleum Trade Association deputy chair U Kyaw Kyaw told The Myanmar Times yesterday that filling station operators who were not members of the association were not bound by prices fixed for members.
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A new report on Myanmar’s inland fish farms highlights a number of issues preventing the industry from reaching its potential, including land use regulations and a near-monopoly on feed.
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