Naypyitaw


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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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Speaker of Myanmar’s Union Parliament and the House of Representatives (Lower House) U Shwe Mann in Nay Pyi Taw Monday.
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In recent years, Myanmar gradually implemented democratic policies and is expecting another presidential election in 2015. At the same time, Myanmar has normalized relations with many western countries. The outside world is keen on knowing whether these factors would affect the Sino-Myanmar bilateral relations. U Ye Htut, Myanmar Minister of Information and the President’s spokesman, is very familiar with China. During a special interview with Phoenix TV, he emphasized many times that the foundation of Sino-Myanmar friendship is very strong and won’t be affected. (more…)

After the latest outbreak of interreligious violence between Buddhist and Muslim communities in Mandalay subsided, President U Thein Sein declared that the incident was incited by an unknown group whose motives remained unclear.
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Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has hailed the massive show of support for her party’s constitutional reform petition as unprecedented in Myanmar history.
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Another protest in the Ayeyarwady delta in support of former Minister for Religious Affairs U San Sint was scheduled to take place over the weekend, organisers said.
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At the end of three days of tense discussion about the proposed introduction of proportional representation for Pyithu Hluttaw, or lower house, seats in the seven regions dominated by the ethnic Bamar, speaker Thura U Shwe Mann asked representatives for their opinion on the proposal.
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The decision to change ministers in two key portfolios last week was taken because they had failed to live up to President U Thein Sein’s ambitious “third wave” of reform plan, which seeks to tackle corruption and improve the public service, sources said last week.
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Burma’s Union Election Commission (UEC) has agreed to seven of nine electoral regulation changes recommended by the country’s main opposition party, according to politicians present at the negotiations.
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The interim Myanmar Press Council (MPC) has been granted an audience with President Thein Sein in the capital Nay Pyi Taw on August 1.
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President U Thein Sein has nominated Deputy Minister for Information U Ye Htut as the new minister for information, in the wake of two ministerial resignations.
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