Opinion

Announce the election date

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The Union Election Commission (UEC) announced that the 2015 general election will be held in early November. But the exact date has not been set.

Concerns rise among politicians and observers if the election will be put off.

Although it seems all efforts move steadily towards the election, there are still no rigid confirmations and promises.

At the same time, the charter reform, ceasefire and political dialogue are still inconclusive.

When the promise of 1990 election was nullified

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The 1990 general election will mark its 25th anniversary on May 27. 
The election was not held freely and fairly. The State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC) did not hand over the power to the people.
General Saw Maung, the coup leader of 1988, gave promises repeatedly before the election that the military regime would hand over State power to the government that won the election and they would return to the barracks. Lieutenant-General Than Shwe and Major-General Khin Nyunt also said so.

Hpakant ripped apart for profit

Myanmar’s mineral exports are lucrative and jade is the biggest earner, according to the Ministry of Commerce. A report said Myanmar earned US$1.3 billion from the export of mineral resources from April 1, 2014 to January 2. China is the main market and the Hpakant Region has become globally famous. 

Seven years after the flood

May 2 marked the seventh anniversary of one of the worst natural disasters in Myanmar’s history, coming eighth in the world’s most serious disasters: Cyclone Nargis.

There were a total of 140,000 deaths in 10 townships in Myittha, Irrawaddy, as well as Ks1 billion in damage, according to government reports.

Analysis of Chinese possible diplomatic relations to Myanmar beyond 2015

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There has been a noticeable change in China’s strategy on diplomatic relations with Myanmar. China has placed a higher priority on how to improve diplomatic relations with Myanmar beyond 2015.

 China previously invited Aung San Suu Kyi, pro-democracy leader and Noble Peace laureate, to pay a visit to China. What is more, China has noticeably supported the chairperson of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD).   

Peace is not for sale

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Presidential office's minister Aung Min and officials from Myanmar Peace Centre (MPC) paid a visit to Japan on April 14.

Presidential economic adviser U Myint's letter to Nay Htun Naing dated April 11

This is another letter dated April 11 sent from the presidential economic adviser U Myint to Eleven Media Group's executive director Nay Htun Naing, who wrote the article “Would Myanmar plunge deeper into recession?”

U Myint

Yangon

11 April 2015

Dear Ko Nay Htun Naing,

1. This is my reply to your letters of 8 and 9 April addressed to me.

Reply to U Myint, presidential economic advisor (2)

Dear Saya U Myint,

I believe you have read the first reply to you titled “Reply to U Myint (1)” printed on the April 8 issue of the Daily Eleven. This is the second part of my reply.

 

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I apologize if I meant disrespect in the first part of my reply.

To tell the truth, there are many difficulties in our country. Among over 50 million population, less than 1 million are free from the difficulties. People are struggling for their daily lives. They are trapped between poverty and the loss of future.

Reply to U Myint, presidential economic advisor (1)

Dear Sayar U Myint,



I received your open letter dated April 4 on the next day.

I do not know whether the letter is your opinion or the president asked you to write it. As far as I know the president requested a meeting with members of presidential economic and social advising councils on April 4. You wrote the letter on that same day. If the meeting was held, there are questions to raise.

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Presidential economic adviser's open letter to U Nay Htun Naing

U Myint1 

Yangon 

4 April 2015

Dear U Nay Tun Naing,

Subject: Open Letter on your article titled “Would Myanmar plunge deeper into recession?” 

published in Eleven Newsmedia Myanmar, dated 1 April 2015.

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