State govt bars Yanghee Lee’s visit to Hpakant and Laiza due to security concerns

The Kachin State government barred the visit of UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar Yanghee Lee to Hpakant and Laiza due to security concern, sources said.

Lee arrived at Myitkyina on Monday evening and the trip was cancelled after she discussed with Colonel Thura Myo Tint, state minister for security and border affairs.

NLD delegation visits China

An official delegation, led by Magway Region’s Chief Minister Dr Aung Moe Nyo left for China on Jan 9 after receiving an invitation from the Chinese Communist Party.

20 members of the National League for Democracy (NLD) are also on the tour.

Nyan Win, a member of the NLD’s Central Executive Committee, said it’s not a part of the peace process, rather just a friendly study tour.  

He said party officials, ranging from Central Executive Committee to district-level will join the trip.

NLD to pay Ks200m to peace fund


The National League for Democracy will contribute Ks200 million to the peace fund, Win Htein of the party's central executive committee told the media after a meeting at Nay Pyi Taw's Sipin Guest House.

After the November 2015 election, Aung San Suu Kyi, then chair of the NLD, told the successful candidates that the party would collect 25 per cent of their monthly salaries for party funds. The fund is now being redistributed.

Ethnic parties challenge NLD dominance at by-elections

Twelve ethnic political parties will contest in vacant constituencies at the April 1 by-elections, according to the Union Election Commission.

There are 95 candidates from 24 political parties, and seven independent candidates that will run for 19 vacant constituencies. There are 27 representatives from ethnic political parties.

The nine Lower House seats have 49 candidates and 15 for three Upper House seats. The remaining 31 candidates will vie for seven state parliament seats.