Wednesday, December 9th, 2015


Aung San Suu Kyi’s next challenge after the landslide victory this month of her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), is to convince Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, the powerful commander in chief of Burma’s armed forces, to work with her. The constitution of Burma, also known as Myanmar, is set up to perpetuate the power of the military. “She has no choice but to work with him,” a senior U.S. diplomat said in Rangoon this week. Min Aung Hlaing granted The Post’s Lally Weymouth a rare interview in the capital city of Naypyidaw this week. Excerpts:
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On the back of the Nov. 8 elections, tour operators say there has been a surge the number of foreign tourists considering a trip to Burma. Phyo Wai Yarzar, the chairman of the Myanmar Tourism Marketing Committee, recently sat down with The Irrawaddy to talk about the current state of the tourism industry in the aftermath of the poll.
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“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.
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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.
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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.”
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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).
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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.
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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.”
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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