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The Lower House financial development committee will add bylaws to the Anti-Money Laundering Law to prevent the inflow of dirty money from China, its chairperson, Win Myint, said on August 28.
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A collection of 20 civil society organisations launched a campaign on August 28 to object to the plans to use a system of proportional representation for future elections to the Amyotha Hluttaw.
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The nationwide ceasefire accord, development projects and drug eradication were among the top issues discussed when Shan, Wa and Mongla army leaders met with Burma’s president and military chief earlier this week.
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Up to 24 new political parties face de-registration if they do not contest at least one seat in the by-elections due later this year, say senior Union Election Commission officials.
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Myanmar needs a moral revolution if it is to achieve real democracy, says National League for Democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
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Burma’s main group representing teachers has said it cannot endorse the National Education Bill because the government failed to conduct proper consultation and heed advice on the law.
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Leaders of ethnic armed groups say they want Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to observe the signing of the nationwide ceasefire agreement and the accompanying political dialogue. Nai Han Tha, leader of the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT), said on August 19 the groups wanted the NLD chairperson to take a larger role in the peace process as a leading representative of the public.
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Corruption is still rife in the civil service, President U Thein Sein has reminded his cabinet colleagues during a regular meeting of senior government ministers at the Presidential Palace in Nay Pyi Taw last week.
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Myanmar’s government has been pressuring aid workers and foreign officials not to speak “Rohingya” name, activists and UN officials say.
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The Burmese government’s Union Peacemaking Working Committee (UWPC) and ethnic rebel groups’ Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) met to discuss the signing of a nationwide ceasefire agreement in Rangoon last week.
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Thura U Shwe Mann told a press conference last week that agreement had been reached on 80 percent of the amendment process in committee.
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The government denied reports from some rights organization’s last week that 29 political prisoners remain behind bars despite the government’s promise of an amnesty for all political prisoners by the end of 2013.
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There is not a conversation or discussion on the Myanmar peace process that does not include two words: “trust” and “distrust”. As far as the peace process is concerned, no matter who speaks on any given occasion, the two words are either mentioned in passing or featured prominently.
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Newly appointed Information Minister Ye Htut met for the first time on Saturday with representatives of Burma’s Interim Press Council (IPC) to discuss the regulations for the new media law.
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The National League for Democracy (NLD) and 88 Generation Peace and Open Society (88GPOS) on Tuesday handed over a petition to parliament with nearly five million signatures calling for an amendment to Article 436 of the Burmese Constitution.
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The opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) party on Wednesday rejected an earlier statement made by the government-run Union Peace-making Work Committee (UPWC) about pushing forward with the peace process and signing a nationwide ceasefire agreement as soon as possible.
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Thura Shwe Mann, speaker of Parliament’s Lower House, will visit the United States of America, following an invitation made over the weekend by US Secretary of State John Kerry.
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Several political parties in Myanmar said Tuesday that the government appeared to be rushing to conclude a nationwide cease-fire agreement with armed ethnic groups without enabling them to adequately address the key concerns of the groups.
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Myanmar’s parliament could consider a petition by Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition calling for an end to the army’s veto on amending the constitution in the former junta-ruled nation, the house speaker said Monday.
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A two week extension of the campaigning period for 2014’s expected by-elections will be granted for remote regional areas, but there will be no universal extension of the currently established one month election period, U Thaung Hlaing, director of the election department of the Union Election Commission told Mizzima on August 7.
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