November 2015


The world added 87 million new mobile subscribers this past quarter, with nearly 6 percent of them coming from Myanmar, making it the fourth-fastest growing market on earth, according to Ericsson’s Q3 2015 Mobility Report. (more…)

The Union Election Commission (UEC) on Friday announced the winners of the last 11 undeclared races in Burma’s Nov. 8 general election, with the nationwide contest’s victorious National League for Democracy (NLD) adding five seats to its tally. (more…)

They haven’t had much of a break, the slum-dwellers and squatters in Yangon’s densely populated industrial outer suburb of Hlaing Tharyar. But they’re hoping the National League for Democracy’s election victory will usher in a better era. (more…)

Mai Kaung Saing — A complaint has been filed with the Union Election Commission (UEC) after a candidate for the Ta’ang National Party (TNP) alleges that he won instead of the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) during the recent election. (more…)

The extent of the electoral loss suffered by the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) has surprised many observers, including the most high-profile members of the party themselves. Among the old guard of the former junta and the hybrid government that succeeded in 2011, many faced a humiliating defeat, including Thura Shwe Mann, the outgoing speaker of the lower house, Wai Lwin and Hla Min, two former defense ministers, and Htay Oo, the party chief. (more…)

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi has rebuked some politicians from her victorious National League for Democracy (NLD) for exceeding an internal election spending limit amid worries the beaten ruling party may seek to challenge poll results, an NLD source said. (more…)

Responding to doubts about the current government’s willingness to hand over the reins, outgoing presidential spokesman Ye Htut said President Thein Sein had every intention of setting a “good precedent” for the country’s young democracy, calling a peaceful power transfer his administration’s “last victory.” (more…)

As the extent of the victory by the National League for Democracy starts to sink in, some of the losers are already thinking about the future and their potential role. (more…)

Shan State’s 10,000-plus internally displaced people (IDPs) are now dispersed between more than ten locations in six townships, according to data collected by the Tai Youth Network (TYN). (more…)

Hakim a mosque committee member said: “The villagers had renovated the mosque and maqtab after they were destroyed by Cyclone Komen that hit Arakan from 29 to 31 July 2015. During that time many houses and paddy fields were destroyed across Arakan State.” (more…)

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi may become involved in the peace process even before her National League for Democracy forms a government next year. Yesterday, representatives of some of the eight ethnic armed groups that signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Accord last month signalled their wish to consult her. (more…)

“Authoritarian rule is the common enemy of Burma and all Burmese citizens,” said one of the country’s most respected Buddhist monks, Thu Mingala, at a ceremony to mark the birthday of a colleague at a monastery in Rangoon Division’s Hmawbi on Friday. (more…)

Aung San Suu Kyi is no longer sitting in her lakeside home in Yangon, waiting for her restoration. It has finally arrived. The woman who endured house arrest for the better part of 20 years heads the party that won a landslide election victory this month over the very generals who held her captive. In her office here, she talked with The Washington Post’s Lally Weymouth about launching a democracy, ending ethnic violence, sharing power with the military and changing the constitution so that she can become president. Edited excerpts follow. (more…)

It has been one year to the day since the Burma Army rained artillery fire onto a rebel training facility in Kachin State, killing 22 cadets from various non-state armed groups. Much has changed in the past year; a ceasefire has been signed between the government and eight rebel groups, and a Nov. 8 general election has determined that Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) will form the next government. (more…)

The BNI Election Newsroom recently interviewed Salai Ceu Bik Thwang, general secretary of the Chin National Democratic Party (CNDP), for his thoughts on why ethnic Chin parties failed to gain seats in state polls during the election. (more…)

The citizens of Burma have just finished voting for a new government and parliament in what many see as a historic election. (more…)

The United Nations General Assembly’s human rights committee on Wednesday criticized Myanmar for its treatment of the nation’s Muslim minority and urged the Southeast Asian country to change its citizenship rules to make Rohingya full citizens. (more…)

The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany granted 500 000 Euros support to the International Red Cross Society to finance the project “ICRC – Physical Rehabilitation in Myanmar 2015”, according to a statement on 18 November. (more…)

Incoming ruling party National League for Democracy’s (NLD) almost clean sweep of Myanmar’s parliamentary polls has taken the country by storm. (more…)

Southeast Asian leaders meeting this week in Malaysia must urgently prioritize a coordinated plan to help the thousands of asylum seekers and migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh who are forced to risk abuse and death at sea, Amnesty International (AI)said in a statement on 16 November. (more…)

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