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The All Mon Regions Democracy Party (AMDP) officially announced they won’t merge with the Mon Democracy Party (MDP). The party will keep their name when contesting the 2015 elections in accordance with constitutional rules and policies. They will also continue coordination with related organizations.
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With its economy opening up after decades of isolation, the reformist government in Myanmar is trying to make the country’s presence felt on the global information-technology (IT) map. The Southeast Asian nation is learnt to have roped in tech major Infosys to devise a strategy on using IT to improve governance efficiency. This would focus on grooming the local eco-system.
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Despite calls to increase spending on health and education, Burma’s government is facing a budget deficit and does not plan to substantially boost its allocation of funds for either sector in the next fiscal year.
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Civil servants and students in Chin State were instructed by regional authorities not to show public support or welcome Aung San Suu Kyi during this week’s tour of the remote western Burma state, according to a National League for Democracy (NLD) party official.
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Myanmar parliament speaker U Shwe Mann has called for thoughtful review of the 2008-state constitution, saying that the amendment should not harm the current stability, peace making process and democratic transition, state media reported Friday.
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As Burma’s ruling party faces growing pressure from the public and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to amend the Constitution ahead of the 2015 elections, the United States Ambassador has expressed support for changing the charter’s controversial Article 59 (f), which he called “a relic from the past.”
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There was good news last week in Myanmar when President Thein Sein stated his support for changing the nation’s Constitution to allow “any citizen,” including Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Prize-winning democracy advocate, to run for the presidency in the 2015 elections.
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Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has slammed President Thein Sein for leaving the future of a controversial Chinese-backed dam unresolved, accusing him of passing the buck to the country’s next leaders by suspending the project until the end of his term.
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Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has called on the army to support efforts to amend the Constitution, which was written by the former military regime.
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Ten members of National League for Democracy (NLD) left for a goodwill visit to China on Sunday, 8 December, at the invitation of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, according to an NLD spokesman.
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Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has defended her proposal for four-way talks with President Thein Sein, the parliamentary speaker, and the military chief on amending the country’s constitution, saying it would boost the process of revising the military-written charter.

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Aung San Suu Kyi pointed a finger at the former ruling junta in Burma on Wednesday, claiming that the 2008 constitution was specifically worded to prevent her from becoming president of the country.
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Aung San Suu Kyi warned the Constitution Review Joint Committee to stay focused and keep their priorities straight as they begin to consider potential amendments to the constitution.
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Authorities in Burma’s capital Naypyidaw are preventing Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) from conducting a public opinion poll on the need for constitutional reform, a NLD lawmaker said on Friday.
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Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday told a European Union business forum that investors should not ignore the country’s political challenges as it heads towards crucial 2015 elections.
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The president’s pay scale must be amended in accordance with the law due to fears that he could violate the existing law, as he has not so far enjoyed the salary prescribed in the Constitution, according to the Speaker of the Upper House.
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Several MPs have commented that Parliament has not yet decided whether or not to accept a USD $155 million loan from South Korea, which was offered with the intention of providing aid to Myanmar’s communications and energy sectors. Representatives from the Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, along with associated MPs, continued to debate this issueat a Parliament meeting on 12 November.
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Rangoon Division lawmakers are urging the central government to reestablish the notorious National Investigation Bureau (NIB) for National Security. The MPs claim the move is necessary in order to provide security in the country after Burma’s biggest city and several towns experienced a series of bomb attacks last month. (more…)

Myanmar will soon amend its 23-years old financial institutions law, according to officials at a recent press conference.
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A law to govern foreign labour is now being drafted because Myanmar has no clear policies to manage foreign workers, said Myo Aung, chief director of Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security. (more…)

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