Monday, September 5th, 2016


In the wake of a lacklustre performance in last year’s general election, the former general secretary of the Wa Democratic Party has told Frontier he will form a new political party to contest future polls.

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The Amyotha Hluttaw Bill Committee has expressed support for legislation to abolish the controversial 1950 Emergency Provisions Act, that was used under junta rule to jail political activists.

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Burma’s State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said that she believes the Arakan State Advisory Commission—chaired by former UN general secretary Kofi Annan—will bring credible advice in confronting tension in Arakan State.

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Clashes have been reported over the weekend in Karen State between a splinter group of the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA) and the Burma Army-aligned Border Guard Force (BGF).

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Myanmar Investment Commission has granted permission for the establishment of five new garment factories in Yangon’s industrial zones which are expected to create more than 6,000 local job opportunities, state media reported on 4 September.

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The Indo Myanmar Chamber of Commerce Industries and the Burmese government have agreed to promote cross-border trade and development of Burma’s agricultural sector after a meeting on Saturday.

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The United States is considering further easing or lifting sanctions against Burma around the time of a White House visit this month by the country’s new leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, US officials told Reuters.

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Malaysia is considering opening up its job market for thousands of refugees who have no legal right to work. There are some 150,700 refugees and asylum seekers in in that Southeast Asian country. About 90 percent of them are from Myanmar, with Rohingya (53,140) topping the list.

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