Politics

Angry debate precedes approval of Chinese bank loan

Parliament on Thursday approved a US$300 million loan from a Chinese bank, but not before the Speaker had to warn the Cooperatives Minister and two MPs from the National League for Democracy (NLD) Party about parliamentary rules of etiquette.

Union Parliament Speaker Thura Shwe Mann admonished Union Cooperatives Minister Kyaw Hsan and NLD MPs Khin San Hlaing and Khin Mway Lwin over heated exchanges during  debate on the bank loan, which members later approved by a count of 433 to 56.

China says it forbids organisations, individuals from undermining China-Myanmar relations

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hong Lei said at a press conference on Wednesday that China forbids any organisation or individual from conducting activities that undermine China-Myanmar relations or border stability on Chinese territory, according to a statement released by the Chinese Foreign Ministry.

China is committed to non-interference in other countries' domestic affairs and consistently respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Myanmar, said Hong Lei.

UEC holds seminar on freedom of expression, elections

With the aim to support the electoral processes by the media, Union Election Commission (UEC) held a seminar on “Understanding International Standards on Freedom of Expression and Elections’’ in cooperation with the Myanmar Journalist Association (MJA) and Article 19 at the UEC office yesterday.

UEC holds seminar on freedom of expression, elections

With the aim to support the electoral processes by the media, Union Election Commission (UEC) held a seminar on “Understanding International Standards on Freedom of Expression and Elections’’ in cooperation with the Myanmar Journalist Association (MJA) and Article 19 at the UEC office yesterday.

Election laws, national referendum bill to be discussed in parliament

The Union Parliament Joint Bill Committee tabled the bill for the national referendum on amending the 2008 constitution and other election laws for discussion in parliament on February 24.

The Constitutional Tribunal ruled that the granting of voting rights to white card holders is not in line with the 2008 constitution and sent the bill back to the parliament on February 11.

Nationwide ceasefire talks to resume in mid-March

The Union Peacemaking Work Committee and armed ethnic groups have reached an agreement to resume nationwide ceasefire talks in the middle of March this year.  

The technical team of the UPWC and the leaders of the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) met in Chiang Mai, Thailand on February 21 and agreed to resume the talks next month after the sixth peace talks failed to reach any agreement.

MP slams govt’s broken promises

Upper House MP Dr Myat Nyarna Soe has criticised the government for failing to meet its promises, adding that people should select a more reliable administration at this year’s general election.

MP slams govt’s broken promises

Upper House MP Dr Myat Nyarna Soe has criticised the government for failing to meet its promises, adding that people should select a more reliable administration at this year’s general election.

Six-party talks are a must: Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi said that the government must set up the six-party talks which are proposed by the Union Parliament.

Her words renewed efforts to establish talks with the president, Speakers from both houses of the Parliament, commander-in-chief, an ethnic representative and herself.

“Six-party talks are a must,” she said after the central committee meeting of National League for Democracy. “We’ve called for the talks in unison with ethnic parties.”

Military says ethnic groups supplying Kokang rebels

The United Wa Army, Ta'ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and Mongla group (also known as the National Democracy Alliance Army) have been aiding the Kokang rebels, Lieutenant-General Mya Tun Oo from the Office of the Commander-in-Chief told a press conference in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.