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Burma’s main opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the leaders of the former students’ group 88 Generation Peace and Open Society met earlier this week to discuss how to garner greater public involvement in their joint campaign to amend the 2008 Constitution.
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Myanmar’s opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has warned that the country, despite a spate of reforms hailed by the international community, “is not yet a democracy”.
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The National League for Democracy and the 88 Generation Open Society movement have agreed on a  strategy to educate the public about the importance of constitutional reform, an 88 Generation leader, Ko Min Ko Naing, said on April 21.
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Three years after power was handed over to a civilian government, made up of retired military who served under the dictatorship, the reform process in Burma seems to be petering out. President Thein Sein introduced a series of measures reflecting his determination to turn over a new leaf and move towards democracy. But now confusion and tension are gaining ground, blotting out the memory of the spectacular early progress.
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When the chairwoman of Myanmar’s National League for Democracy, Madame Aung San Suu Kyi entered a conference room in northern Yangon, more than 300 reporters from 30+ countries had been waiting for a long time. People, including the reporter from Global Times, stood up and watched her walking in for yet another social event. This is the opening ceremony of the “2014 International Media Conference”. Aung San Suu Kyi was the guest of honor invited by the host, the East-West Center from the U.S. At this March event, she talked about media freedom and responsibility, Myanmar’s changes and hopes. The speech did not have much emotion, but definitely a lot of strength, full of rhetoric and imitation of western-style democratic speeches. The whole room applauded her. At that very moment, she was the “democratic hero” of the world.
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People across Burma mourned the passing on Monday of 84-year-old democracy activist Win Tin, a veteran journalist and co-founder of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) party. Before supporters pay their last respects, The Irrawaddy asked his friends and colleagues to share how they will remember him.
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Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is due to depart France for home on Wednesday, having canvased international support for her agenda of constitutional change in Burma. The weeklong trip included Germany and France, and was her third visit to Europe since 2012.
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Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is discussing Myanmar’s future with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, a city Suu Kyi describes as a symbol of success in achieving unity.
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The chief of Burma’s national election commission has defended the involvement of the army in politics as necessary to prevent a military coup, while also pledging to ban campaign methods used by the main opposition party during the previous by-election.
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National League for Democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has offered to help nearly 300 families from Yangon’s Mayangone Township who say they are the victims of a land-grab for a real estate project.
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Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi held a joint press conference with Burma’s Union Parliament Speaker Shwe Mann on Wednesday in which she said they were waiting for President Thein Sein to respond to a request to discuss constitutional reforms with him and Commander-in-Chief Minh Aung Hlaing.
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The isolation of the Tatmadaw from society is because of the special privileges members of the military receive under the constitution, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said.
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Aung San Suu Kyi said over the weekend that the government must respect and protect its citizens from threats posed by illegal immigration, while also urging “harmonious” coexistence with people of all nationalities in Burma.
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Burma’s main opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi met with President Thein Sein at his home on Sunday, according to a National League for Democracy (NLD) spokesman.
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Over the past three years, President Thein Sein has met opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi five times in Nay Pyi Taw, most recently on Sunday. As with the previous meetings, the details of what the leaders discussed on the weekend were kept secret. So the media and the public were deprived of some very important information.
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Burma’s biggest opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), says it will hold its first nationwide youth congress in late April.
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Burma’s main opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), and a major group of former students who led the country’s 1988 uprising have agreed to work together toward constitutional reform before elections next year.
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Hundreds gathered in central Burma’s Mandalay on Sunday demanding abolition of Article-59(f) of the 2008 Constitution, which bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from the presidency.
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Given how rapidly things have changed in Burma, the country also known as Myanmar, it’s tempting to see further reforms as inevitable. They’re not.
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A committee evaluating changes to Myanmar’s constitution found resistance to opening the door for opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to assume the presidency, underscoring the hurdles to her political ambitions.
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