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Stung by criticism after one of its members refused to credit the National League for Democracy (NLD)-led government of Aung San Suu Kyi with securing the release of dozens of student activists last Friday, the All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU) has issued a statement expressing gratitude for the move.
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Newly appointed Rakhine State minister Kyaw Lwin says he will not accept the decision to dismiss him from the Arakan National Party (ANP) for accepting the ministerial job from the National League for Democracy (NLD).

The ANP announced that it would not take ministerial posts in the state government if it were not allowed to select the chief minister and appoint the cabinet. The ANP won a large majority of Rakhine State seats but the 2008 Constitution says that the central government can appoint the chief ministers and cabinet. The NLD won only eight Rakhine State parliamentary seats.

MP Kyaw Lwin accepted the state-level minister for agriculture, livestock, mining and forestry post in the NLD-led administration of MP Nyi Pyu. The ANP central executive committee (CEC) then dismissed him from the party.

Kyaw Lwin, ANP chairman for Ramree Township and also a CEC member, was elected for Ramree last November.

He said he made the decision to accept the job with difficultly after his constituents urged him to do so and threatened to unseat him if he refused.

“The party has not informed me yet. They cannot dismiss me from the party because I am a CEC member. I will stand as a member of the ANP, whatever they say. I will represent the party and will not break its policies. I will cooperate with the NLD if its policies are the same. It wants Rakhine State to develop and so do I,” said Kyaw Lwin.

The Arakan League for Democracy and Rakhine National Development Party founded the ANP, although Kyaw Lwin came from a third party.

“He is downgrading our party’s dignity besides he broke the rules and regulations. He shamed the Rakhine people. The voters are thinking we cannot control our members,” said Tun Aung Kyaw, ANP general secretary.

Link: http://www.elevenmyanmar.com/local/anp-rebel-refuses-accept-dismissal

The European Union has welcomed the release of student protesters in Myanmar, according to a statement issued April 9.
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US ambassador Scot Marciel said Washington would help end Myanmar’s many civil wars, according to representatives of ethnic armed groups who met him on April 7 in Yangon.
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It has been a long, hard road, but Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is finally set to assume the role of Myanmar’s top civilian leader. Her National League for Democracy party won a landslide victory last November in the country’s first free election in a quarter century. But a provision in Myanmar’s military-drafted Constitution barred Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, from becoming president because her children are British citizens.
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Kyaw Zwa Moe: Welcome to Dateline Irrawaddy! This week, we’ll discuss the State Counselor Bill, which the National League for Democracy (NLD) submitted to Parliament last week, as well as Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s guidelines for civil servants accepting gifts. Lawyer U Ko Ni and former Lower House lawmaker U Ye Htun, from Hsipaw Township, will join me for the discussion. I’m Irrawaddy English editor Kyaw Zwa Moe.
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Some say that the economic policies of the National League for Democracy (NLD) are too general and have imperfections. What do you think? Will these policies improve economic growth?
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Myanmar’s new government released scores of jailed activists on Friday, just over a week after assuming power, and said it was preparing to pardon 100 more people serving sentences for political offences.
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Guangdong Zhenrong Energy Co, a Chinese state-controlled commodity trader, said the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) had signed its approval at a ceremony in Nay Pyi Taw on March 29 – the last full day in office for U Thein Sein’s government.
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Following the release of dozens of student protestors in Myanmar earlier today, the Tharawaddy Court in Myanmar released several more protestors including Phyoe Phyoe Aung, a student leader, and her husband, Lin Htet Naing. The move came after the new government announced on April 7 that it would work to release all prisoners of conscience as soon as possible.
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Members of the European Burma Network (EBN) have called upon the new NLD government to act swiftly to start to address the Rohingya crisis in the country in a statement released on 6 April.
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Senior journalists in Burma are calling on new Information Minister Pe Myint to bring further media reforms under the current National League for Democracy (NLD)-led government.
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Myanmar’s president Wednesday signed a bill giving Aung San Suu Kyi a new role of state adviser, shoring up her influence across all branches of government despite vehement opposition from the still-powerful military.
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Myanmar’s high-profile new foreign minister, Aung San Suu Kyi, met her Canadian counterpart on Thursday, as dignitaries visit the country to meet the Nobel laureate.
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Former President Thein Sein’s spokesperson Zaw Htay, better known by his Facebook account Hmuu Zaw, will serve another term in the President’s Office but in the higher position of deputy director general, he said at a press conference in Naypyidaw on Wednesday.
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In its first, tenuous start toward a policy on migrant workers, the National League for Democracy is drawing up a bill to address the millions of citizens outside the country.
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Since Burma’s democratic handover of power on April 1, the country has seen a resurgence in the value of the kyat, observers say.
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An organisational revamp at the Central Bank of Myanmar has more than halved the number of departments, and should make the bank more efficient, officials said.
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Burma’s Lower House of Parliament approved the so-called “State Counselor” bill on Tuesday without any amendments to the legislation as passed by the Upper House, scoring support from a majority of lawmakers in the NLD-dominated legislature, despite aggressive pushback from the military bloc.
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