Parliament


The Lower House approved a bill on Wednesday that repeals Burma’s controversial 1950 Emergency Provisions Act.

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Burma’s Union Parliament passed a bill on Tuesday amending the 2016 Union Budget Law—drafted by the previous government and approved by the former legislature, trimming the estimated expenditures of the majority of the ministries.

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Burma’s parliament on Tuesday passed a bill amending the 2016 Union Budget Law to cut spending in 14 government ministries.

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Human rights defenders gathered in Rangoon yesterday to discuss the challenges of a number of provisions in the Freedom of Association Law and the current Right to Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Law.

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A bill to amend and repeal provisions of Burma’s colonial-era Ward or Village Tract Administration Law requiring citizens to report overnight guests continues to face hurdles in the Lower House of Parliament.

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Growing criticism within Myanmar’s political circles about the erosion of parliamentary power is being directed at Aung San Suu Kyi’s fledgling leadership of the country. Several lawmakers, particularly veterans of the earlier parliament which sat from 2011 to 2016, have publicly criticized the heavy hand of the ruling National League for Democracy, which dominates the executive branch. Despite earlier hopes that a revived parliament could play a transformative role in post-junta Myanmar, some critics are now asking whether the institution will become steadily marginalized in the NLD-led political system.

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In a vote in the Lower House of Parliament on Monday, MPs opted out of discussing a Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) member’s proposal related to a review of US sanctions.

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MPS are demanding an explanation from the finance ministry as to how they will spend – and repay – a US$100 million World Bank loan after is emerged that $60 million of the proposed funding will be spent within the finance ministry itself.

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The Union Parliament appointed Bo Bo Nge, a member of the National League for Democracy’s (NLD) economic committee, to the board of directors of the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM).

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An ethnic minority party is seeking to position itself as the democratic opposition to the ruling National League for Democracy in parliament. The Arakan National Party, the most successful ethnic party in last November’s election in terms of seats won, says it will criticise the government and the NLD, both in parliament and outside.

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After a two-day debate in the Lower House of Parliament on an anti-corruption proposal, the house speaker ordered the Bill Committee on Wednesday to review Burma’s anti-graft law.

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Rights groups are making a last-minute appeal to parliament to amend the controversial 2012 Ward and Village-Tract Administration Law.

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Where and how to begin? They’re the questions those managing a review of Myanmar’s existing and prospective laws are asking, as the scale of the challenge becomes dauntingly clear.

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A group of coders and political enthusiasts have launched a new way for the public to interact with parliament.

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Life on the sidelines is not suiting the former ruling party. After months of struggling with its much-diminished political role and watching former opposition lawmakers steer the government, the Union Solidarity and Development Party is looking to buff its reputation and reboot its image at a party conference later this month.

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Upper House lawmakers have blamed Burma’s endemic drug problem on a nexus of corrupt government officials and warlords commanding ethnic militias, and demanded that the government take a tough line against both.

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Lawmakers in the Pyithu Hluttaw have endorsed a proposal urging the Union government to put forward measures to effectively combat corruption nationwide.

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Ruling-party lawmakers in Myanmar’s lower house of parliament on Tuesday called on officials to step up efforts to implement a three-year-old anti-corruption law, fearing that its lax execution will hurt Myanmar’s prospects for permanent peace and development.

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A new bill that would repeal Burma’s controversial 1950 Emergency Provisions Act was submitted to the Lower House of Parliament on Monday; the move was met with divergent opinions from lawmakers.

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MPs are lobbying for a more clear-cut, equal tax system that would raise the tariff for the wealthy and see cuts for poorer states.

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