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Lower House MPs from Nay Pyi Taw Council area are trying to set up a university in the area, the MPs told Mizzima this week.

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An election tribunal on Monday heard statements in an appeal by a Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) lawmaker who is likely to lose his seat to a National League for Democracy (NLD) parliamentary hopeful in an election reversal.

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U Win Myint has rounded out the end of the latest parliamentary session by quashing suggestions of constitutional reform in the near future, telling reporters that the government acknowledged that it did not have the power to amend the charter for the time being.

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Today – day 73 of the government’s 100-day initiative – members of parliament are taking a break. In session since February 1, Pyithu Hluttaw will “pause”, said U Hla Moe, secretary of the body’s Hluttaw Rights Committee.

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Amending the Constitution will not be possible unless national reconciliation and peace are achieved despite the efforts of the National League for Democracy (NLD), said Win Myint, speaker of the Lower House, on Friday.

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The Speaker of parliament has been criticised for apparently trying to dissuade MPs from asking questions that show the government in a poor light. Rakhine State MP U Pe Than compared current Speaker U Win Myint unfavourably with his predecessor, Thura U Shwe Mann, adding, “It looks like the Speaker is putting pressure on MPs not to criticise the government.”

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Myanmar’s Union Parliament has approved Agreement on Privileges and Immunities of the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN), parliament sources said Tuesday.

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Women’s rights activists urged legislators to enact a gender quota system to increase women’s representation in political leadership at a panel discussion in Naypyidaw on Saturday.

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When the National League for Democracy took control of Myanmar’s national parliament after its electoral triumph last November, a fundamental rebalancing of Myanmar’s legislative landscape was expected. Most observers thought that the military representatives, who hold an allocation of 25% of all parliamentary seats, would serve as the main opposition to the NLD, which controls about 58% of the Union parliament, as the bicameral legislature is known.

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A bill amending and repealing provisions of Burma’s colonial-era Ward or Village Tract Administration Law—which required citizens to register overnight guests—was approved in the Upper House of Parliament on Friday.

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In Thursday’s session of the Lower House of Parliament, an Arakan National Party (ANP) lawmaker asked whether the government intends to establish legal definitions for “political prisoners” and “political offenses.”

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The Burmese government’s proposed logging ban must be matched with robust implementation, stressed environmentalists, following the announcement from the Minister of Resources and Environmental Conservation Ohn Win that a nationwide ban would be in full effect before the end of Burma’s fiscal year, in April 2017.

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The politics of alliance has never been defined in its own narrative within the ethnic writer and scholar in modern political literature in English. However, it has been well written in Burmese and other ethnic languages in the country. It is a complex issue to be explored by a non-ethnic writer in depth, to understand its rhetoric and substance due to the hidden agenda of political interests within the ethnic political factions in the country. It is far more complex than a simple word like ‘democracy’. As widely used as it is in modern Burmese political literature, at least the subject is not an isolated matter to many journalists and writers in Burma, also known as Myanmar, regardless of their/our insightful knowledge on the issue.

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A revised version of a bill replacing Burma’s controversial Peaceful Assembly and Procession Law was approved by the Upper House of Parliament on Tuesday, while retaining criminal penalties against violators of the legislation amid criticism from rights groups.

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As Myanmar’s new government begins defining its reform policies arguably the biggest need is for good governance. Following decades of centralised military dictatorship, the country confronts dual challenges of trying to loosen the military’s grip on public administration as well as push government agencies to be more accountable and deliver better social services. Where the legacies of dictatorship overlap most significantly with hopes for change is in terms of local governance, namely the basic public administration of Myanmar’s districts and townships.

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Ousted senior officials from the Union Solidarity and Development Party are threatening to take their feud to the election commission if their request for a party conference is not heeded.

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A bill to amend and repeal sections of Burma’s colonial-era law requiring citizens to report overnight guests continues to face hurdles in Parliament.

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A Ta’ang National Party lawmaker sought to submit a proposal to the Union Parliament to stop fighting in Shan State so that children in internally displaced persons (IDP) camps could attend school this year, but her efforts were denied.

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Chairman of Burma’s previous ruling party, Thein Sein, urged the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) to reform in order to win the election in 2020—a clear statement that the USDP is trying to make a comeback after a humiliating election defeat at the hands of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) last year.

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As a discussion in parliament continued yesterday over proposed amendments to the law requiring citizens to report overnight guests, military and elected MPs found themselves on opposite sides.

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