Politics

President Thein Sein meets with US Lower House representative Nancy Pelosi

A delegation of American officials led by Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader of the US House of Representatives, visited Myanmar on Wednesday to participate in trade talks with high-level Myanmar government officials.

Over 100 candidates from New Age People’s Party to participate 2015 elections

The chairman of the New Age People’s Party, Htun Aung Kyaw, officially stated that over 100 candidates from the party will participate in the upcoming general elections.

He went on to listhis party’s seven tactics for attracting voters.He saidmost of the representatives will be from Ayeyarwady, Yangon andBagoregions. Of the hundred or so candidatesslated to run, 60 names have been officially registered.

The registration process will close at the end of April.

Some Kantbalu land-grabbing files closed

Shwebo Township Court has closed some files relating to the Kantbalu land-grab after a five-point agreement was presented during a trial Tuesday, according to Wai Lin Aung, lawyer for affected farmers.

"We amended some words among the five-points agreed to in the past, but the words aren’t changing the essence," the lawyer said. "And then, the files that had signed agreements were closed. The remaining cases have to be closed next week."

USDP denies rumour that son of General Aung San will lead USDP

The recent rumours that General Aung San’s son, Aung San Oo, is planning to run in the upcoming elections to serve as vice-chairman of the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) were confirmed to be false by USDP spokesperson Soe Naing.

Former ABSFU chairman arrested in Myingyan

Thant Zin, a patron of Myingyan District All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABSFU) and former chairman of ABSFU, Upper Myanmar, was arrested on March 30 for taking part in a protest held in Myingyan, Mandalay Region, on March 27 calling for the release of detained students and supporters.

Currently, five activists who participated in the protest are being investigated and the authorities are planning to arrest them soon.

President attends signing of final draft of ceasefire agreement

President Thein Sein attended the signing of the final draft of the nationwide ceasefire agreement between the government’s Union Peacemaking Working Committee (UPWC) and the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) at the Myanmar Peace Centre in Yangon on Tuesday.

The agreement was signed by five representatives each from the UPWC and NCCT, which is a coalition of representatives of ethnic armed groups.

Election will not be fair if constitution is biased, says Suu Kyi

Myanmar has no genuine democracy yet, and the election will not be fair if the constitution is biased, said National League for Democracy (NLD) chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday in parliament.

“Direct democracy does not at present. The democracy that exists today can be called diplomatic democracy. There must be three pillars in a standard democracy: legislative, administrative and juridical. Legislative power should be the most influential in a democracy because MPs are elected as representatives of the people,” said Suu Kyi.

UPWC, NCCT finalise draft of nationwide ceasefire deal

The Union Peacemaking Working Committee (UPWC) and the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) reached an agreement yesterday on a draft of the nationwide ceasefire deal after a series of meetings.

The agreement came shortly after the seventh round of ceasefire talks between the UPWC and NCCT. The parties discussed all points included in chapters 1 to 7 from March 17-22 in Yangon. They resumed talks on March 30 to discuss the remaining points after a seven-day break.

Ten townships in Yangon announce voter list

Ward administration offices in ten townships in Yangon Region announced the eligible voter list for the upcoming election on March 30.

Ten townships are Seikkan Township, Dagon Township, Latha Township, Seikkyikhanaungto Township, Kyautada Township, Lanmadaw Township, Botahtaung Township, Pasauntaung Township, Dawpon Township and Kamayut Township. People can check the list at the ward administration offices from March 30 to April 12.

Parliament cuts Ks 19 bn from government budget

Taking heed of Speaker Thura Shwe Mann’s criticism over government spending, the Union Parliament on Monday cut Ks 19 billion (US$ 19 million) from the funding allocations government ministries and organisations had demanded.

During a parliamentary session held in Nay Pyi Taw, Upper House MP Zaw Myint Pe tabled a proposal urging Parliament to cut about two per cent of all normal government spending in the budget bill for fiscal year 2015-16, which begins April 1. That would amount to Ks 19 billion, he said.