Myanmar parliament session adjourned on Aug 27

Parliamentary Speaker Thura Shwe Mann announced on August 27 that parliament adjourned its 12th  session [of the Pyithu Hluttaw] after the last meeting on that day.

The 12th session was resumed on January 19 and lasted for more than seven months, setting a new record as the longest, as sessions were held for 89 days throughout this year.

“The MPs worked fair enough at the parliament during the session. The remaining days are holidays,” said Thura Shwe Mann.

All ethnic armed groups needs to sign peace deals says Suu Kyi

National League for Democracy (NLD) leader Aung San Suu Kyi said during an interview with Radio Free Asia (RFA) that she wants all ethnic armed groups to participate in the peace talk and sign the ceasefire agreement.

Suu Kyi said, “I want the ceasefire agreement to be successful as soon as possible. I want to have a ceasefire agreement which everyone can trust. In doing so, our country will become peaceful.”

Myanmar has the lowest level of trust in military, police and courts: ABS

Myanmar has the lowest level of trust in military, police and courts among the regional countries, according to the 2015 Myanmar Asian Barometer Survey.

The survey was based on more than 200 questions from 1,620 respondents from 36 townships across Myanmar.

Disqualified NLD candidate rejected

Bawlakha District Election Sub-Commission of Kayah State has rejected the application of a candidate from the National League for Democracy, citing that the nominee is below 30 years, Dr Khin Si Thu, the party’s Kayah State chair has confirmed on Wednesday.

The NLD nominated Phyo Wai Aung for the Upper house parliamentary seat in Hpasawng Township, Kayah State. Under the law, a candidate for the Upper house parliament must not be below 30 years of age.

MP oppose Ministry of Electric Power’s proposal for ADB loan

Lower House MP Khine Maung Yi told the Union Parliament yesterday that he opposes the Ministry of Electric Power’s proposal to take another loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), as the ministry has failed to clarify how it has been using the previous loan.

Two state chief ministers to enter election

Kayin State chief minister Zaw Min and Rakhine State chief minister Maung Maung Ohn, who have registered as candidates for the election, have retired from office, according to the state media.

State media announced yesterday that the President allowed them to retire from office on Tuesday.

The two chief ministers were allowed to retire as they would be entering the upcoming election as candidates for the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), according to reports.

Union Parliament allows loans

Yesterday, the Union Parliament allowed Mandalay Regional Government Committee including Construction Ministry and Electric Power Ministry to borrow loans of US$260 million and Euro 40 million.

The 12th Regular Union Parliamentary Meeting held in Nay Pyi Taw on August 12 decided to use the loans US$260 million and Euro 40 million from the Asia Development Bank (ADB), Asean Infrastructure Fund (AIF) and French Development Agency (AFD).

Election commission rejects NLD candidate’s appeal to remove ban on his candidacy

The Mandalay Region Election Sub-Commission rejected the appeal of National League for Democracy candidate Dr Win Myint yesterday to reverse the ban on his participation in the upcoming election on the grounds that his parents are not Myanmar citizens, which is not in conformity with the election law.

Win Myint, who was planning to compete in Chanaythazan Township Constituency (1) in Mandalay Region, first faced rejection by the district election commission on the basis that his father was not a citizen when he was born.

Peace talks extended for additional day

A series of peace talks organised by leaders of the Special Delegation (SD) of ethnic armed groups and the Union Peacemaking Working Committee (UPWC), was held in Chiang Mai, Thailand, that began on August 21 was extended for one additional day day.

The decision to extend the talks was made when differences in opinion over the signing of the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) arose between the ethnic armed organisations.

Suu Kyi favours vocational skills over unemployable degrees

Aung San Suu Kyi, chairman of the Daw Khin Kyi Foundation, gave a speech on August 23, at the first-ever graduation ceremony for the foundation’s School of Hotels, Tourism and Culinary Arts, located in Kawhmu Township, Yangon.

The Nobel Laureate said vocational skills are lifelines and achievements to be proud of, especially in a global situation where university graduates are facing unemployment and unstable job issues in countries where education systems are well-developed.