Friday, October 23rd, 2015


The Burmese army and the Shan State Army-North (SSA-N) have sustained causalities amid two weeks of fighting in Burma’s northeast, according to both sets of belligerents.
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Ethnic leaders say they doubt the government’s commitment to political dialogue with insurgent groups, despite participating in last week’s “nationwide” ceasefire agreement in Naypyidaw.
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A young poet in the former capital has become the third known Burmese citizen to be sued over a controversial Facebook post, after sharing a graphic rhyme suggesting he had a tattoo of the president on his penis.
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The Restoration Counsel for Shan State (RCSS), one of Myanmar’s strongest armed groups says it will do its best to prevent the outbreak of fighting during the election period. The comments were made by U Sai Oo, director of the group’s liaison office in the Shan State capital Taunggyi.
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European Union observers will be given access to voting on military bases for next month’s Myanmar election, an official said Tuesday, a move to bolster oversight of a poll billed as the country’s fairest in decades.
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Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi accused some of her opponents Wednesday of being “dishonest” in their campaigning ahead of crunch polls that her party is expected to sweep if the vote is free and fair.
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Myanmar plans to extend the advance voting deadline for overseas voters in the November polls following a raft of complaints and mistakes, including ballots marked for Japan being sent to Egypt, state media said Wednesday.
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When Burma votes next month in what has been billed as its first free and fair election in 25 years, Tun Lin, and around four million of his fellow citizens, won’t be taking part.
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The National League for Democracy has instructed its Rangoon Division candidates not to organize any more campaign rallies and instead to focus on door-to-door canvassing, according to party spokesman Nyan Win, who said Wednesday that the time for mass NLD gatherings ahead of Burma’s Nov. 8 general election was “finished.”
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The campaign manager of detained independent candidate Myat Nu Khaing, who was jailed last week for her alleged role in a peaceful demonstration late last year, said charges brought against her were meant to sabotage her campaign after she accused her opponents of manipulating voters.
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Burma’s military chief has cautioned military personnel and their families to support the “correct” candidates in the Nov. 8 general election and advised a vote for candidates “who can protect race and religion” and is free from foreign influence.
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In Tong Si village in eastern Shan State the streets were empty. Almost all the residents had gone out to help with the harvest. Working day in, day out to bring in this season’s rice crop, the farmers have not had much time to think about the upcoming elections. In one of the houses a young mother, one of the few not in the fields today, was feeding her baby.
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