Yangon Region’s minister for security and border affairs has resigned to contest the November 8 election as a Union Solidarity and Development Party candidate for Coco Island.
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An election watchdog has found its member groups’ duties sidetracked by flood relief efforts as much of Burma continues to grapple with some of its worst flooding in decades.
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The Burmese government announced on Tuesday a third extension of the State of Emergency and martial law in northern Shan State’s Kokang Self-Administered Region, due to ongoing fighting between the Burmese army and Kokang ethnic rebels Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA).
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After months of protest and dispute, the minimum wage was finally confirmed at K3600 per day at a final meeting with employers and worker representatives yesterday.
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Rumours of a run on several major banks are untrue, said the Central Bank of Myanmar in a television statement late on August 17.

Rumours had spread on social media that Asia Green Development (AGD) Bank, part of Htoo Group of Companies, and Kanbawza Bank (KBZ) would close.
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The opportunities for criminals in Myanmar’s financial industry and internet infrastructure are huge, according to a recent report.
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Japan’s Kirin Holdings is set to buy Fraser and Neave’s (F&N) 55 percent stake in Myanmar’s biggest brewer, Myanmar Brewery Ltd, for $560 million, Reuters reported on 19 August, quoting a source familiar with the deal.
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India has asked Myanmar to hand over four top leaders of Naga rebel group the Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K), including its chief SS Khaplang, holding them responsible for the killing of 18 army soldiers in Manipur on June 4 India’s Economic Times reported on 18 August.
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Burma has a national election coming up in a few months, and its outcome is uncertain. But one thing is already clear: Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and the immensely popular leader of the democratic opposition, won’t be a candidate for president. That’s because the country’s military-dominated political establishment has refused to countenance any changes to the current constitution, which includes strictures that prevent her from becoming head of state.
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Much uncertainty surrounds the lead up to and conduct of Myanmar’s upcoming legislative elections. The recent voting down of constitutional amendments in parliament — almost certainly (and solely) by the bloc of appointed, non-elected military parliamentarians — erodes to a certain extent the legitimacy of the electoral process. The Tatmadaw (Myanmar’s armed forces) retain their privileged political powers and Aung San Suu Kyi remains barred from the presidency. These events question the sincerity of Myanmar’s transition away from military rule, especially as power is becoming increasingly more diffuse and diversified with respect to the actors involved.
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A surprising move by the Burmese military elite has just taken place as the forthcoming November general election fast approaches. The sudden removal of Chairman Thura Shwe Mann and Secretary-General Maung Maung Thein of the military-back Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) is regarded by some Western analysts as incumbent President Thein Sein’s rather blatant and self-serving manoeuvring to secure his second presidency in the coming election.
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I never imagined it would evolve the way it has: extremely complex, open, frustrating and exciting. I also did not imagine that I would sit in on the negotiations and play a meaningful role.
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In the second and final installment of The Irrawaddy’s interview with Professor Larry Diamond, the Stanford University democracy scholar discusses complaints about the leadership style of Aung San Suu Kyi, the rise of Ma Ba Tha and the efforts to negotiate a nationwide ceasefire agreement with Irrawaddy founding editor Aung Zaw.
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Myanmar’s opposition leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, said Tuesday that turmoil within the country’s governing party had bolstered her relationship with the party’s ousted chairman.
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Four days after being deposed as Union Solidarity and Development Party leader in a show of force by the government, Thura U Shwe Mann has handed over his position to U Htay Oo.
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Floods have receded in many disaster-hit parts of Burma in the past week, while large areas remain inundated. But officials and aid workers warn that hundreds of communities in both areas face an acute shortage of clean water after floods contaminated ponds and wells.
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Burma’s Border Guard Police (BGP) arrested three Rohingya villagers in Maungdaw North, Arakan State and accused them of having Bangladeshi mobile phones and selling Bangladeshi SIM cards before extorting money from them said an ex-school teacher who wished to remain anonymous
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House Speaker Shwe Mann opened the Lower House of Parliament on Tuesday morning, in what is sure to be a testy session following his ouster as ruling party chairman late last week.
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The political turmoil within Burma’s ruling party that has unfolded since late last week sufficed to mute an odd ministerial appointment that might otherwise have raised more eyebrows.
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Central committee members of the Mon National Party (MNP) and the All Mon Regions Democracy Party (AMDP) have resigned from their posts because they are unhappy with their parties’ candidate selection process for the 2015 elections
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