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The pro-democracy party in Myanmar led by Aung San Suu Kyi announced ethnically diverse choices Thursday for leadership of the legislature as it prepares to take over the government from a military-backed party after parliament convenes Monday.
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When leaders of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy huddled this month to discuss the transfer of power in Burma, they quickly reached decisions on who from the party should take the key posts in the next parliament.
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Among the many challenges facing the incoming National League for Democracy (NLD)-led government will be addressing the political aspirations of Burma’s ethnic nationalities. Federalism was high on the agenda at the recent Union Peace Conference, with some ethnic leaders proposing a system of eight ethnic states to replace the current configuration of seven states and seven divisions. The Irrawaddy’s Htet Naing Zaw recently spoke with Khun Htun Oo, chairman of the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD), about the role of ethnic peoples in building a federal Union.
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When leaders of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy huddled this month to discuss the transfer of power in Myanmar, they quickly reached decisions on who from the party should take the key posts in the next parliament.
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Hundreds of newly-elected Myanmar MPs from Aung San Suu Kyi’s party took lessons in lawmaking from the outgoing army-dominated parliament on Wednesday (Jan 27), days before taking their seats in the most democratic legislature for decades.
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Burma’s outgoing Union Election Commission (UEC) chair discussed some of the body’s shortcomings over the past five years in a meeting with National League for Democracy (NLD) chairwoman Aung San Suu Kyi in Naypyidaw on Tuesday.
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Myanmar still languishes among the world’s most corrupt countries although its performance has improved slightly over the past year, according to a global review released yesterday.
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Burma’s peaceful elections were the high point of a year that saw the overall human rights situation in the country stagnate, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2016. The opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) under Aung San Suu Kyi won an overwhelming victory in structurally flawed but procedurally free nationwide elections. However, the number of political prisoners rose, repressive laws were used to suppress peaceful dissent, and discrimination against ethnic Rohingya Muslims expanded.
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Aung San Suu Kyi and Myanmar’s powerful army chief held fresh talks Monday on the country’s dramatic political transition, days before a military-dominated legislature hands over to the most democratic parliament in generations.
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Last year I was often asked who would win the 2015 general election. The answer was obvious enough: The National League for Democracy was primed to triumph in any relatively free vote. No prizes for that prediction.
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The keys to Myanmar’s future peace and prosperity lie in the hands of Aung San Suu Kyi and Min Aung Hlaing.

Parliamentary sessions pivotal to the shaping of Myanmar’s new political landscape get underway on February 1. This Parliament has roots in the military coup of 1962, but the landslide win for the National League for Democracy in November’s election means it will form the first democratic government in 50 years.
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The National League for Democracy (NLD) announced on Friday that party chairwoman Aung San Suu Kyi is the only person authorized to speak publicly about the party’s policy decisions.
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Daw Aung San Suu Kyi responded testily yesterday to reported leaks about the National League for Democracy’s selection of candidates for the position of Speaker in both houses of parliament, even as a veteran aide confirmed that the choices were made to promote national reconciliation.
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Former British prime minister Tony Blair was back in Burma earlier this month for at least his fifth visit since a quasi-civilian government assumed power under President Thein Sein.
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It’s one of several unanswered questions in what looms as a new era in Burmese politics.

With Aung San Suu Kyi constitutionally barred from assuming the country’s highest office, what formal political position, if any, will the ever popular pro-democracy leader seek when her party takes power in late March? (more…)

When in November Sai Win Myat Oo, a candidate from the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy, ran for a seat in the Parliament of Shan State, in southern Myanmar, he was confident in his chances of being re-elected. The people of his constituency had consistently voted for the local Shan party in the past.
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One year after the terrible event, the National League for Democracy says that the incoming government it will form in March will uncover the truth about the rape and murder of two volunteer teachers in northern Shan State.
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Ms Aung San Suu Kyi’s victorious opposition party nominated three ethnic minority politicians on Wednesday (Jan 20) for prominent roles in the country’s new parliament, a boost to a demographic who have long complained of exclusion.
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Aung San Suu Kyi, who was forced to spend years of solitude under house arrest, has hit out at young people “wasting time” on computer games and social networking.
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Myanmar is just weeks away from seeing whether the upbeat, forward-looking vocabulary of national reconciliation, trust and cooperation can be translated into workable arrangements between the ruling party, the military and the opposition when they trade places in parliament and government. In finding their own pace and tone within the confines of such concepts, Myanmar’s leaders will do well to remain mindful of the patience, effort and skill it took other leaders to move toward democracy.
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