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Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi pushed the message of national reconciliation on Wednesday, lauding the choice of representatives from ethnic minorities and the army-backed party as parliamentary speakers in a chamber dominated by her allies.
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On Wednesday morning, Myanmar convened the new Upper House and a Kayin and a Rakhine lawmaker were chosen as the respective speaker and deputy speaker of the chamber.
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Aung San Suu Kyi, chairwoman of the National League for Democracy (NLD), addressed reporters in Naypyidaw on Wednesday, vowing to streamline media relations between the Parliament and the press and conveying her confidence in two newly-appointed parliamentary speakers and their deputies. Below is an abridged transcript of her remarks, which were delivered to the press at her Rule of Law Committee office in the capital and shared online by social media users.
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A proposal to suspend Article 59(f) of Burma’s Constitution to allow Aung San Suu Kyi to assume the presidency may be put before the Parliament as soon as next week, according to at least two National League for Democracy (NLD) lawmakers, who wished to remain anonymous.
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The National League for Democracy (NLD), which on Monday entered Parliament as the new ruling party, has implemented a sweeping donation policy to raise party funds.
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With the incoming National League for Democracy (NLD)-led government pledging to cut or consolidate government ministries to reduce state expenditure, many observers have pointed to the Ministry of Information as in line to be scrapped.
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Staff at the finance ministry have finished compiling data and information on the past five years under instruction from the outgoing government, in preparation to hand over to the new administration, said permanent secretary U Maung Maung Win.
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The detained students and activists from the democracy education boycott column appeared at the Thayawady Township court on February 2, where they called on the new NLD-dominated parliament to create new laws to protect human rights in Myanmar.
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Set up five years ago, Myanmar’s National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) was part of a charm offensive mounted by President U Thein Sein’s quasi-civilian government that succeeded in attracting international publicity and funding. Any legitimacy it may have held has taken a battering since.
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The party of Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi has instructed its lawmakers not to leave the capital, rank-and-file members said, fuelling speculation of a legal bid to sidestep a clause in the constitution barring the democracy champion from the presidency.
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Led by a triumphant Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar is preparing to take a historic leap into uncharted territory, having only known democracy for 14 of its 1,000 years of recorded history. Suu Kyi, who scored a stunning victory in last year’s elections, follows a procession of absolute monarchs, British colonial rulers and home-bred generals who are still standing tall in the wings.
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Tin Oo, National League for Democracy (NLD) patron, told reporters on Tuesday that NLD leader Aung San Suu Kyi should become the country’s next president and that he would support her to assume the highest office in Burma.
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The National League for Democracy (NLD), which on Monday entered Parliament as the new ruling party, has implemented a sweeping donation policy to raise party funds.
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Crushed and humbled by the voters, the once-mighty Union Solidarity and Development Party now faces years in the political wilderness – if, indeed, it survives as a viable party at all. Persistent rumour has it that some of its most prominent and independent-minded members, led by former party chair and parliamentary Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann, could soon face expulsion.
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The new speaker of Myanmar’s Lower House of Parliament, Win Myint, promised better performance in terms of parliamentary laws, bylaws, rules and regulations and an end to corruption for the sake of democracy and the human rights of the people.
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Yesterday marked a significant moment in Myanmar’s history: Members of parliament, chosen by the people at the landmark elections in November last year, took up their posts in the expansive parliamentary complex in Nay Pyi Taw. For the first time in more than half a century, the people of this glorious land – and the world – witnessed a transfer of power from one elected hluttaw to another.
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On Monday morning, Myanmar convened its first democratically-elected Parliament in more than half a century, a historic moment unthinkable just five years ago in a country locked under decades of military rule.
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Taking his seat in Myanmar’s parliament for the first time, Myo Zaw Aung, a one-time bodyguard for Aung San Suu Kyi, acknowledged the dozens of new lawmakers from her National League for Democracy (NLD) had a daunting task ahead.
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A local media report on Sunday suggested that Aung San Suu Kyi, chairwoman of the National League for Democracy (NLD), is negotiating with the military to make a move for the presidency.
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Burma was brimming with anticipation as its legislative hue changed suddenly from green to red on Monday. After decades of effort, the National League for Democracy (NLD) assumed a majority of the Union Parliament, leaving hopes at an all-time high for swift and genuine democratic reform in a country that has long been ruled by its military.
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