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President Thein Sein’s government is reintroducing the post of permanent secretary, bringing back the old position for the highest civil servant in a ministry, a ruling party parliamentarian said.
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Burma’s ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) has begun zeroing in on candidates in the lead-up to landmark elections later this year.
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Burma’s president Thein Sein is in Jakarta to attend the 2015 Asian-African Conference (AAC).

Joining the president’s delegation are Information Minister Ye Htut and the newly appointed Information Permanent Secretary Tint Swe, according to the Ministry of Information. (more…)

The Asian Human Rights Commission has documented that an increasing number of peaceful protesters are being arrested and jailed under the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Act. Citing the maintenance of peace and tranquility in the country, and ensuring the upcoming 2015 election remain peaceful, authorities, especially Administrative Officers, have filed cases against numerous peaceful protesters under this Act. (more…)

A nationwide referendum on amending Burma’s controversial Constitution is unlikely to take place in May as a senior parliamentary leader has previously suggested, according to an ethnic politician involved in high-level talks on the matter.
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A US blacklisted lawmaker is leading a delegation of Burmese banking reformers to Germany this week for a study of financial institutions, a move meant to encourage development of Burma’s dilapidated banking sector.
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Myanmar is close to peace after decades of internal strife.

Government representatives met at the end of March with more than a dozen ethnic armed groups and agreed on a draft ceasefire. (more…)

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged his support for Burma’s peace process as Naypyidaw officials paid a visit to Tokyo.
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Burma watchers around the world are paying special attention at the six-party talks held at the presidential residence in Nay-Pyi-Taw on 10 April. Present at the talks were President Thein Sein, the Union Parliament Speaker Thura Shwe Mann, Upper House Speaker Khin Aung Myint, Commander-in-Chief Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing, Chairperson of the National League for Democracy Aung San Suu Kyi and Dr. Aye Maung who represents the ethnic parties. (more…)

Myanmar’s protracted peace process is entering a new phase which could see the focus shift from ceasefire to economic development, foreign investment and job creation in the country’s ethnic states, according to Aung Min, Myanmar’s minister in charge of peace talks. (more…)

The six-party talks with President Thein Sein, the Union Parliament Speaker Thura Shwe Mann, Upper House Speaker Khin Aung Myint, Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, chairperson of the National League for Democracy Aung San Suu Kyi and Dr Aye Maung, representing ethnic minorities, were held at the presidential residence in Nay Pyi Taw on April 10. (more…)

The country needs “good agreements” to come out of talks starting today between the government and opposition, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said yesterday, as she reiterated her refusal to commit her National League for Democracy to taking part in parliamentary elections in November. (more…)

A six-party dialogue on constitutional reform and upcoming national elections, involving some of Burma’s biggest political players, concluded on Friday with the government calling the meeting “a success” and an ethnic leader included in the talks saying more discussions would come. (more…)

A leader of the ethnic armed groups that comprise the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) has accused the Burmese government of exaggerating the significance of an agreement made last week that was hailed in state media as a “historic” breakthrough in peace negotiations.
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Political and ethnic leaders have offered a lukewarm response to the latest round of 48-party dialogue with President Thein Sein, held in Naypyidaw on Wednesday.
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As President Thein Sein received a coterie of political leaders and ethnic representatives in Naypyidaw on Wednesday, Commander-in-Chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing was conspicuously absent, instead presiding over Navy exercises off the coast of Arakan State.
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MP Myat Nyana Soe from the National League for Democracy (NLD) tabled an urgent proposal at a Union parliament session on April 8 to prevent the appointment of permanent secretaries and chief directors during the term of the current administration.
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Burma’s political heavyweights met in Naypyidaw on Wednesday for the latest summit in a stop-start series of political reform talks. President Thein Sein, military officials, parliamentary representatives, ministers, leader of the opposition Aung San Suu Kyi and other party leaders discussed issues around the peace process, the upcoming elections and ensuring peaceful power transfer to a winning party in the election.
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Myanmar’s President Thein Sein has held rare talks with influential allies and rivals including opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, as she intensifies efforts to lift a constitutional ban on her presidential bid.
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In  her April 3 interview with Reuters news agency, the leader of the opposition, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, tossed a large stone into Myanmar’s political pool, sending anxious ripples in all directions, and even beyond the country’s borders.
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