Elections


The mayor of Rangoon informed reporters on Wednesday that by-laws have been amended to allow the terms of serving members of the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) to be terminated after less than 18 months in office.

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Burma’s Union Election Commission says that it can’t take action against a party led by a politician accused of making defamatory comments about the country’s political and military leaders because it hasn’t received a formal complaint against him.
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The Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD) elected a new central committee during recent township meeting in Kyaukme Township, A total of 265 representatives from 46 townships attended the township meeting in northern Shan State.
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Myanmar’s new social affairs chief had just six days’ notice before his appointment — one of a legion of newcomers from Aung San Suu Kyi’s party whose credentials will be sorely tested by the massive reconstruction job left by military rule.
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A court in Rangoon’s Dagon Township on Thursday sentenced Myat Nu Khaing, an independent candidate in November’s general election, to one year in prison with hard labor.
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The European Union’s Election observation mission unveiled its final report on last November’s national election today in Rangoon. While describing the vote as “by and large a success”, the observation body, which arrived in September of 2015, highlighted several structural problems that damaged the credibility of the vote.
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Paraphrasing the Roman historian Tacitus, US President John F Kennedy said in 1961 that “victory has a thousand fathers but defeat is an orphan”. This aphorism springs to mind as Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy prepare to assume power as the first popularly elected government in Myanmar for more than 50 years.
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The Maupin Prison in Irrawaddy Division on Wednesday set free Chaw Sandi Tun, the 25-year-old National League for Democracy (NLD) supporter who was jailed last year for an online posting of a photo collage deemed defamatory to the military.
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Sai Ai Pao was re-elected to serve a second term as chairman of the Shan Nationalities Democratic Party (SNDP) on 20 March at the SNDP Annual Meeting in Taunggyi, the Shan State capital.
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Burma’s president-elect Htin Kyaw submitted the names of five nominees to head the country’s Union Election Commission (UEC) to parliament on Friday.
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Despite controversy over a phony doctoral degree, the Union Parliament on Thursday approved Kyaw Win as Burma’s presumptive minister of National Planning and Finance, along with 17 other nominees for cabinet posts.
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Tin Oo, a founding member and patron of the soon-to-be-ruling National League for Democracy (NLD), has vowed that his party will focus on bringing peace to Burma.
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It may not be quite the “team of rivals” that US President Abraham Lincoln formed to lead his country through a crisis that threatened to pull it apart, but Burma’s new “national reconciliation” cabinet includes some strange bedfellows.
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Myanmar’s president-elect nominated Aung San Suu Kyi to join the incoming cabinet on Tuesday, giving the National League for Democracy (NLD) leader a formal role in the government that the constitution bars her from leading.
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The Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD) has been fighting for democracy and the rights of the Shan people for nearly 30 years. In the 1990 elections, it won the second largest number of seats after the National League for Democracy (NLD) but was unable to serve in parliament because the then ruling junta refused to recognise the poll results.
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The pylons in downtown Yangon are often a tangled mess of wires. The seeming chaos, however, somehow manages to power the whole street, proving there’s method in the seeming confusion.
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With the election of a civilian President, Burma’s slow march towards real democracy takes a decisive step. True, Htin Kyaw had never been elected to anything in his life before yesterday’s triumph, and until last week he was unknown outside a small circle. The only reason he will take over at the end of the month as Burma’s Executive President is because his close friend, Aung San Suu Kyi, whom he has known since they were at school together, is barred by the constitution from doing so, and she picked him to be her proxy. Before November’s general election, she made it clear that if her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), won and she was unable to persuade the outgoing government to amend the constitution, she would rule anyway, “above the president”. That is clearly what she now intends to do.
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Myanmar’s parliament on Tuesday overwhelmingly voted for a National League for Democracy president who is a civilian and has no military background.
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Myanmar’s parliament elected Htin Kyaw as the country’s new president Tuesday in a watershed moment that ushers the longtime opposition party of Aung San Suu Kyi into government after 54 years of direct or indirect military rule.
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The Union Daily, published by Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), has raised questions regarding the nondisclosure of the profile of presidential candidate Htin Kyaw who was nominated by the National League for Democracy (NLD) saying it was a violation of fundamental rights of voters.
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