Elections


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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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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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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Today, 26 January, is the 67th Republic Day of India. H.E. Mr. Gautam Mukhopadhaya, Ambassador of India to Myanmar, talked to Mizzima Editor-in-Chief Soe Myint about a range of issues including Indian-Myanmar relations, the Act East Policy, the potential for improved trade and investment between the two countries and his positive view of the Myanmar elections.
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In December, some 40 ethnic Karenni organizations, including armed factions and political parties, penned a letter to National League for Democracy (NLD) leader Aung San Suu Kyi calling for Karenni voices to be adequately represented in the state’s new government.
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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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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…)

The National League for Democracy (NLD) said on Thursday that it had not decided on its nominations for Union Parliament’s four speaker roles, contrary to reports in international media.
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As the military MPs selected to serve in the incoming parliament are confirmed, attention is turning to how they will interact with the majority National League for Democracy members elected last November.
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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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New parliamentary sessions which are the vital change of Myanmar history are going to be held on February 1. This parliament is the one that largely represents the public the military coup in 1962. It will elect new administration headed by National League for Democracy. It is the very first government elected by the public in fifty years. This is the result and the victory of the public’s desire through the 2015 election. Although there were credible confirmations for the power transferring, the country’s socio-politics is assumed as the political malaise in which the country’s politics, economy and social conditions are in dilemma.
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Former school teacher Mi Ja Lon Htaw was elected head of Tarana village tract in Mon State’s Kyaikmayaw Township on Sunday, a rare victory for a female leader in a local administrative structure traditionally dominated by men.
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On election night in Myanmar, as results trickled in and it became clear that Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) had won in a landslide, thousands jubilantly crowded outside the party headquarters in Yangon. The air seemed filled with a sense of catharsis — a feeling of deliverance from long suffering under decades of military rule. As one voter said the night of the November 8, 2015 contest, “This is our chance for freedom.”
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The Kachin Republic Party (KRP) Acting General Secretary Lashi Yawna said that they were preparing to form their KRP in an independent Kachin Republic.
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Khin Shwe, a distinguished member of the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), has disavowed rumors that he is facing expulsion from the party over his support for the opposition in a Nov. 8 general election.

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Legal cases will be opened against 175 candidates in the November 2015 general election for failing to submit their campaign expenses on time, according to the Union Election Commission.
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A female member of an ethnic Mon political party was assaulted by 10 other women from the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) in Chaungzon Township, Mon State, in a dispute that reportedly erupted on Wednesday over the result of a local election held last week.
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Burma election winner Aung San Suu Kyi will not press for an immediate change to the constitution that bars her from becoming president, and will instead appoint a ceremonial head of state, a senior official in her party said on Wednesday.
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