Myanmar President Thein Sein had a rare meeting on Monday with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to discuss constitutional changes and the first election under the country’s new democratic system, a minister said.
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The Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) has elected 90 percent of its party representatives to contest the upcoming 2015 elections in Mon State.
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Mon State’s voter registration for Burma’s upcoming 2015 general elections will open the first week of March. The State’s registration process will be implemented with help from the International Foundation of Electoral Systems (IFES), which will provide technological infrastructure for the project.
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Burma’s much-anticipated 2015 election will take place in November, according to the country’s president, speaking to the nation in his monthly radio address on Sunday.

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Chinese authorities last week issued an order restricting access to the Kokang border, where the number of refugees continues to swell.
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A delegation, advocating on behalf of refugees and displaced people from Burma took their cause to Britain’s Parliament in an attempt to highlight the affects of funding cuts on services to people in camps on the Thai side of the Burma border.
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The Myanmar Rice Federation’s second deadline of February 27 has passed for companies aiming for permission to export rice to China – but unlike in the first round, no bids were submitted, according to federation joint secretary U Soe Tun.
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The Myanmar government plans to focus efforts on building 20 hydropower plants within the Ayeyarwady River basin, according to HydroPower news on February 27.
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Truckloads of police on Monday prevented hundreds of students from continuing their march to Myanmar’s biggest city to protest a new law that they say curbs academic freedom.
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The Transnational Institute’s recent report says Myanmar has become a major producer of heroin and amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) and drug injection has been blamed for the spread of HIV/ AIDS.
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A senior Chinese diplomat on Sunday clarified China’s policy toward its neighbor Myanmar since conflict in northern Myanmar has triggered rumors.
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The debate over which electoral system is best suited to Myanmar seems to have been put on the backburner for now, but it is only a matter of time before the issue resurfaces, potentially ahead of crucial November elections.
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This year’s Union Day came and went on 12 February, significantly without the signing of the Nationwide Ceasefire Accord (NCA) that President Thein Sein had so hoped for as his presidential legacy. Instead, a face-saver Union Day pledge of sorts was signed by a “coalition of the willing” – 50 political parties and 4 ethnic armed groups. Nine of the 13 armed groups attending the event at the capital, Naypyidaw, refused to sign.
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On Union Day, Feb. 12, four ethnic groups signed a deed of commitment to Burma’s peace process and ending decades of civil war. The Karen National Union (KNU), the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA), the KNU/KNLA-Peace Council (KNU/KNLA-PC) and the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA) all signed the document, though other ethnic groups abstained as conflict raged in the country’s north.
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Dr. Thaung Htun is director of the Institute for Peace and Social Justice in Myanmar and a leading advocate for fair land use policies and farmers’ rights.
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A freelance photographer from Monywa was detained by local authorities on Friday for posting a satirical photo on his Facebook page that mocked authorities.
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The Myanmar Red Cross Society (MRCS) has asked state and divisional governments not to assign its members to Burma Army units and allow the organization to focus on its core humanitarian work, as the organization seeks to end its historically close relationship with the military.
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A representative of the United Wa State Army (UWSA), Burma’s most powerful ethnic armed group, on Friday denied allegations made by the Burma Army that the UWSA is involved in the ongoing Kokang conflict in northern Shan State.
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Following complaints that people are being forcibly conscripted into the Restoration Council of Shan State / Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA) S.H.A.N. spoke to Lieutenant Yawd Serk the RCSS/SSA chairman about the issue.
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A Baptist missionary tour that did not have a township administrator’s letter of recommendation was asked for 200,000 kyats by a Burma Army commander in Ta-Pauk-Kan Village, Paletwa Township, Chin State on 17 February.
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