Voter lists published

Voter lists have been published In 10 states and regions and will be on display until June 21 at the branch offices of the Union Election Commission. 
Kayin, Kayah, Chin and Mon states and Magway Region will announce the final voter lists. Sagaing, Tanintharyi, Bago and Mandalay regions and Shan State will announce the preliminary voter lists. 

Time to grasp peace: PNLO boss

The leaders of all ethnic armed organisations should attempt to secure national reconciliation with the government now there is a guarantee that political dialogue will go ahead, Khun Myint Tun, the chairman of the Pa-O National Liberation Organisation (PNLO), told the summit of armed groups being held in Law Khee Lar.

Suu Kyi to meet student protesters

Aung San Suu Kyi, chairperson of the National League for Democracy, has invited students from across the country to her Yangon home to discuss reforms to the controversial National Education Law.

“Many students are coming from rural areas. There will be about 60 current students. We will discuss the education system, reforms to the education law, student demands and international standards,” said an NLD spokesperson.

MPs use motions to check govt: report

The majority of the motions submitted by MPs during a parliamentary session were intended to check and balance the power of the government, according to an Open Myanmar Initiative (OMI) report.

The report, “Measuring Motion”, charted MPs’ submissions during the 10th session of Parliament.

A total of 17 motions were submitted in 38 days in the Lower House while 10 motions were submitted in 37 days in the Upper House.

Arakan leader demands talks

The vice-chairperson of the Arakan Liberation Party Khine Soe Naing Aung has said that political talks must be held between the government, ethnic armed groups and political parties. 

He was speaking on June 5 at the Law Khee Lar summit of armed ethnic groups in Kayin State. 

Everyone waiting for six-party talks: Aye Maung

The next round of six-party talks should be held as soon as possible if the government has any desire to change the Constitution, according to MP Dr Aye Maung.

“Six-way talks are essential. It is a must. The Union Parliament has called for six-party talks as they need to be held. Whether the government wants to amend the charter is linked with the success of these talks,” the Rakhine Nationalities Development Party president said.

Suu Kyi to visit China

Leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD) Aung San Suu Kyi will make her first visit to China this month, party spokesman Nyan Win told the Daily Eleven.

She is due to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang during her June 10 to 14 trip. China's Foreign Ministry said that the visit was at the invitation of the ruling Communist Party.

"She will be accompanied by four people. It is the very first trip for Aung San Suu Kyi," said Nyan Win.

Law Khee Lar summit discusses amendments to NCA

Yesterday, the third-day session of the Law Khee Lar summit in Kayin State, several ethnic armed groups discussed amendments and supplements to the terms of the draft of the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA).

The draft of the NCA was signed on March 31, after more than 18 months of negotiations between the government’s Union Peacemaking Working Committee and Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT), a coalition of ethnic armed groups.  

World expects us to sign ceasefire: Karenni leader

The chairperson of the Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP) Abel Tweed has told the summit of ethnic armed groups being held in Law Khee Lar, Kayin State, to use politics not violence to solve disputes.

He continued that President Thein Sein and his cabinet expected the leaders to sign the nationwide ceasefire agreement after the Law Khee Lar summit. The United Nations, world powers and Asean were hoping for the same, he said.

KIO leader urges UNFC members to sign NCA

General N’ Ban La, vice-chairperson of the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO), has urged the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) and Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA/Kokang Army) to sign the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) on June 3 during the ethnic leaders’ meeting in Law Khee Lar, Kayin State.