President would not return to USDP, says MP

MP Thura Aung Ko of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party told reporters that he thought President Thein Sein would not return to the party.

He said that the president was not on the list of would-be government representatives and would not be involved in party politics again.

President won’t seek second term, blames health

President Thein Sein has announced that he will not run in the November 8 general election because of his health, according to Reuters.

He wrote a letter to Thura Shwe Mann, chairman of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP).

“The president wrote a letter to U Shwe Mann, chairman of the ruling USDP, that he will not run in the next general election because of his health condition,” an official told Reuters, asking not to be named.

NLD won’t stand against ethnic allies

The National League for Democracy will not compete in constituencies where ethnic allied parties from the CRPP (Committee Representing the People's Parliament) will participate, says MP Win Htein of the NLD.

The NLD's central executive committee members Nyan Win, Win Htein and Han Thar Myint met the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD)'s leaders Khum Tun Oo, Sai Saw Aung, Sai Nyunt Lwin and Sai Lak on July 13 in Yangon to discuss the general election.

NLD submits election notification

The opposition National League for Democracy has issued an official notification in Nay Pyi Taw that it is throwing its hat in the electoral ring.

The notification mentions the party’s aim to establish the rule of law and a federal union while fulfilling other NLD pledges.

The NLD, established in 1988, received 82.2 per cent of votes in the 1990 election. The military regime did not recognise the result and many NLD members were imprisoned.

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Opposition alliance to discuss election strategy

The United Nationalities Alliance and its partners are planning to organise a third political summit in Yangon at the end of July.

“The UNA is likely to hold political talks in partnership with allied institutions, including the National League for Democracy in the last week of this month. The allies include the armed ethnic organisations that have looked to sign a ceasefire with the government. Political parties formed after 1988 will also take part,” said UNA spokesperson Sai Nyunt Lwin.

SNLD prepares 150 election candidates

The Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD) is preparing to run in Shan and Kayah states and Sagaing Region, according to party spokesperson Sai Leik.

Its 11-member central executive committee is due to meet tomorrow (Monday) to pass a resolution on its strategy for the November 8 election

“The SNLD will hold its CEC meeting at our headquarters in Yangon on July 13 and 14 to pass the resolution. More than 150 candidates are expected to run in the election,” Sai Leik said.

NLD to compete in 2015 elections, Suu Kyi said

NLD likely to reach an understanding with ethnic allied parties from CRPP

The opposition National League for Democracy (NLD)’s chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi announced that the NLD will compete in most constituencies in the 2015 elections.

She made the announcement during the press conference yesterday evening, which was held after the NLD’s Central Executive Committee met at her house since the afternoon until the evening to discuss about whether the NLD should enter the election or not.

MP questions policy and tender system

The deputy Minister for National Planning Economic Development Department Le Le Win said on July 10 that in calling tenders, if the Ministry has no expert engineers, these ministries must follow directions given by Presidential Office and the Union Government Office's tender system.

She replied to this over the queries made by MP Kyi Thar.

NLD complains to UEC for poor cooperation of its township’s commissions

The National League for Democracy (NLD) made a complaint to the Union Election Commission (UEC) for poor cooperation with its township’s commissions during the meeting between members of the UEC and NLD’s delegates on July 6 at the UEC office in Nay Pyi Taw, according to announcement made by NLD.

NLD announced the discussion of the meeting in detail on July 10.