Friday, November 13th, 2015


China has praised the smooth running of Myanmar’s elections, and said before the National League for Democracy’s (NLD) victory was confirmed Friday that it was willing to work with whichever party won, to continue to develop bilateral ties. Given that China has been Myanmar’s biggest trade and investment partner for many years that would seem only natural. (more…)

Myanmar is about to have a woman leading the country for the first time in the Union’s history. Not as president – the generals have seen to that, for the moment at least – but, as Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has made clear with steely determination, she will be “leader of the government”. (more…)

The reds, the National League for Democracy (NLD), have repudiated the greens, the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), in a historic election that was largely peaceful. (more…)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic issued a statement yesterday calling Myanmar’s elections “a historic milestone.” (more…)

“The Secretary-General warmly congratulates the people of Myanmar for their peaceful, dignified and enthusiastic participation in the historic elections of 8 November,” according to a statement issued on 12 November. (more…)

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $60 million loan to improve the urban environment and boost public health through better water management in Mandalay so the historic city can further develop as the cultural, educational and economic hub of northern Myanmar, the bank said in a statement on 13 November. (more…)

Even though China has long supported the generals who have wielded most of the power in Myanmar, the government in Beijing prepared this year for the possible election victory of the opposition leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, by inviting her to the capital to meet with President Xi Jinping. (more…)

Business leaders have welcomed the National League for Democracy’s (NLD) thumping victory in the Sunday election, saying the opposition is well poised to drive economic growth when it forms the next government in March. (more…)

Few trusted Burma’s Union Election Commission (UEC) Chairman Tin Aye when he first took up the role in 2011. (more…)

In 1990, the Mon National Party (MNP)’s original iteration, the Mon National Democratic Front, won five seats in a general election that was subsequently annulled by Burma’s then military rulers. (more…)

Losing candidates have refused to sign off on two contests in Arakan State, one involving the former chief minister, after the count of advance votes put the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) ahead of its rivals. (more…)

A Lashio election commission representative has denied claims that the vice-president won his Lower House seat fraudulently. (more…)

The dictators and army generals of Myanmar have ceded political power one drop at a time over the past decade, a process they carefully managed. (more…)

This capital, built from scratch by Myanmar’s former dictators, is filled with soldiers, police officers and civil servants. But even here, where most people work for the government, they voted to throw it out of power. (more…)

The elections have been widely acclaimed as peaceful and historic, but many remain worried about the prospects for a smooth transfer of power to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s government over the next four months. (more…)

Students on a hunger strike at Thayawady Prison in Pegu Division, currently on trial over the education protests at Letpadan, have been sent against their will to Rangoon General Hospital, their families said. (more…)

Members of various ethnic armed groups have congratulated the National League for Democracy (NLD) on its landslide victory in Sunday’s poll, urging the party’s chairwoman Aung San Suu Kyi to prioritize peace when the next government assumes office. (more…)

Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) on Friday secured the parliamentary supermajority it needs to select Burma’s next president, tallying enough wins to ensure that the country’s opposition will assume the mantle of ruling party in just a few months’ time. (more…)