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Stung by criticism after one of its members refused to credit the National League for Democracy (NLD)-led government of Aung San Suu Kyi with securing the release of dozens of student activists last Friday, the All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU) has issued a statement expressing gratitude for the move.
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Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s new de facto leader, has undergone an eye operation for cataracts.
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It has been a long, hard road, but Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is finally set to assume the role of Myanmar’s top civilian leader. Her National League for Democracy party won a landslide victory last November in the country’s first free election in a quarter century. But a provision in Myanmar’s military-drafted Constitution barred Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, from becoming president because her children are British citizens.
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Kyaw Zwa Moe: Welcome to Dateline Irrawaddy! This week, we’ll discuss the State Counselor Bill, which the National League for Democracy (NLD) submitted to Parliament last week, as well as Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s guidelines for civil servants accepting gifts. Lawyer U Ko Ni and former Lower House lawmaker U Ye Htun, from Hsipaw Township, will join me for the discussion. I’m Irrawaddy English editor Kyaw Zwa Moe.
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Some say that the economic policies of the National League for Democracy (NLD) are too general and have imperfections. What do you think? Will these policies improve economic growth?
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Myanmar’s new government released scores of jailed activists on Friday, just over a week after assuming power, and said it was preparing to pardon 100 more people serving sentences for political offences.
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Immediately following her appointment as State Counselor, Aung San Suu Kyi announced plans to secure the release of political prisoners and detained activists “as soon as possible.”
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Myanmar’s president Wednesday signed a bill giving Aung San Suu Kyi a new role of state adviser, shoring up her influence across all branches of government despite vehement opposition from the still-powerful military.
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Myanmar’s high-profile new foreign minister, Aung San Suu Kyi, met her Canadian counterpart on Thursday, as dignitaries visit the country to meet the Nobel laureate.
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Laos is not a major player in regional affairs. It tends to be viewed as a rather strange backward country where little happens and no one cares very much if it does.
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Burma’s Lower House of Parliament approved the so-called “State Counselor” bill on Tuesday without any amendments to the legislation as passed by the Upper House, scoring support from a majority of lawmakers in the NLD-dominated legislature, despite aggressive pushback from the military bloc.
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Less than one week after assuming the position of Myanmar’s foreign minister, Aung San Suu Kyi received her first official guest: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Wang arrived in Myanmar on April 5 for a two day visit, at the invitation of Suu Kyi.
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Burma, once isolated regionally and globally, is rapidly opening up with ongoing political reforms. Foreign affairs representatives from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) in particular are now anticipating a relationship with a new Burmese counterpart. Yet she is no stranger to them: the foreign minister is also the country’s charismatic leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.
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Myanmar’s democracy leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, foiled by military leaders in her bid to become president, would become “state counselor” under a measure approved on Tuesday by Parliament’s lower house. The newly created role could give her authority exceeding the president’s.
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Those hoping for clarity on the fate of the Chinese-funded Myitsone dam were left disappointed on Tuesday, as the first meeting between Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi and her Chinese counterpart did not address the controversy.
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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will arrive in Burma’s capital Naypyidaw today for a two-day visit to meet his new Burmese counterpart, National League for Democracy (NLD) leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
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In addition to the foreign minister, the NDSC comprises the following members: the president and the two vice presidents; the two parliamentary Speakers; the commander-in-chief and his deputy; and the three ministers named by the commander-in-chief, that is, the ministers for defence, home affairs and border affairs.
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National League for Democracy (NLD) party leader Aung San Suu Kyi has relinquished two of the four ministries awarded to her by President Htin Kyaw only last week.
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In an act viewed as targeting rampant corruption in Burma, Aung San Suu Kyi has ordered all civil servants not to accept any gift worth more than 25,000 kyats (US$21), an amount more than 10 times lower than the threshold allowed by the previous government.
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The National League for Democracy says it intends to ram through by tomorrow a law that would create a pivotal post in government for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi despite opposition by the military bloc in parliament.
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