Parliament


Burma’s Upper House on Thursday passed the Population Control Bill, a piece of controversial legislation that aims to establish government control over women’s reproductive rights and grants authorities the power to identify regions where women will be encouraged to have only one baby every three years.
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Myanmar’s Constitutional Tribunal has ruled that parliament’s decision to allow temporary identity card holders to vote in an upcoming referendum on amending the constitution is unconstitutional.
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Lower House Speaker Thura Shwe Mann warned MPs yesterday against paying more attention to personal matters than Parliament’s business.
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Burma’s Union Parliament has slammed backers of ethnic Kokang insurgents engaged in recent hostilities with the government, while praising the Burma Army soldiers who have been on the frontline in the campaign against the rebel group.
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In a message to the nation to mark the 68th anniversary of Union Day, Burma’s President Thein Sein urged his people to work together to establish a union based on a federal system.
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A parliamentary proposal urging a set of policies “to make life more pleasant” for people in Arakan State was approved by Burma’s upper house on Monday. (more…)

The ninth session of the Karen State parliament drew to a close on Thursday with the passage of two new laws, according to regional Transport Minister Saw Khin Maung Myint.
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Many in the ruling party and the armed forces are against amending the charter article stipulating the qualifications of the country’s top executive, according to a highly placed government official speaking to SHAN yesterday (30 December 2013).
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The Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) will launch a Myanmar Intellectual Property Association ahead of the expected passage of an Intellectual Property Law by Burma’s Parliament, according to a UMFCCI official.
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Two activists who led an 800-mile march against northern Burma’s civil war earlier this year have each been sentenced to seven months in prison under Burma’s increasingly contentious Article-18 for involvement in unauthorised demonstrations.
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The ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party and opposition National League for Democracy will submit their respective proposals for amending the Constitution to a parliamentary committee in the coming weeks, officials from each party have told Mizzima.
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The secretary of the Lower House Rule of Law Committee, Win Myint, told Mizzima on 20 November that the Committee will begin observing and inspecting the offices and operations of Myanmar’s police chiefs, general administration departments, and township police stationson the orders of President U Thein Sein.
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U Tun Aung Kyaw, an MP from Lower House, told Mizzima that U Nanda Kyaw Swa, Deputy Speaker of Lower House, did not respond when representatives from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) offered to help Myanmar improve its social and transportation sectors. He listened intently to theirproposal but did not give a response.
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Parliament has just accepted a USD $155 million loan from Republic of Korea for use in Myanmar’s energy and communication sectors.
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Burma’s parliament has agreed to amend parts of a controversial new publishing bill, which critics say is being used to re-introduce censorship in the former military dictatorship.
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Aung San Suu Kyi, chair of the Lower House Committee for Rule of Law, Peace and Tranquility, said that the Committee is organizing acivil society to prevent bribery in an attempt to curb corruption in Myanmar.
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A planned electricity rate increase that was supposed to take effect this month will be postponed until the 2014-15 fiscal year, Burma’s minister of electric power told Parliament on Tuesday, following a public backlash against the proposal.
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The parliamentary panel tasked with weighing changes to Myanmar’s constitution announced Thursday that it will delay its final report by one month to the end of January in order to extend its deadline for proposals from the public.
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Representatives of Burmese government ministries appeared before Parliament in Naypyidaw on Thursday and Friday after they were asked to explain hundreds of millions of dollars in debt they have racked up by overspending their budgets.
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The Union Parliament today approved a proposal by a Mandalay Region MP to review a recent decision to increase the cost of electricity in Yangon.
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