End of April set as deadline for enacting PR system for 2015 elections

The Union Election Commission announced that the shift to a proportional representation (PR) system for the election of Upper House lawmakers in the 2015 election will not materialise unless the resolution of the constitutional tribunal is received by the end of April, said Upper House MP Dr Myat Nyana Soe on April 29.

Committee announces tentative plan for additional meetings over education law

Secretary Dr Myat Nya Na Soe of the Constitutional Review Joint Committee said there might be future meetings with student leaders to discuss amendments to the national educational law.
He also said the national educational billwill be the top priority when the next parliament session begins.

Suu Kyi’s presidential bid should be considered: Upper House speaker

Upper House speaker Khin Aung Myint said on Wednesday that Myanmar should consider a presidential bid from opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported.  
The speaker told Yonhap that a presidential bid from the country's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi should be considered from a point of national interest, not individual. 

Upcoming parliament session to highlight amending bills

The Upper House MP Dr. Myat Nyana Soe said that the parliament session which will be started on May 11 will focus on discussing important bills including the Bill Amending the 2008 Constitution. 
Myat Nyana Soe, the Upper House MP and the secretary of the Bill Committee said, “The upcoming parliament session will focus on the bills. The Bill Committee will concentrate for amending the Constitution, which has to be sent to the Union Parliament.”

Kokang to attend Panghsan, but not Peng Jiasheng: UWSA

Kokang rebels will be represented at the upcoming Panghsan Conference to discuss a national ceasefire deal, but not by the group's leader, said Aung Myint, secretary of the central office of the United Wa State Army (UWSA).

Ethnic leader wonders who is behind NBF announcement

Dr Aye Maung, the Myanmar government's representative for ethnic minorities, questioned who was behind the announcement of the National Brotherhood Federation (NBF) concerning the six-party talk.

The NBF’s announcement on April 23 said the ethnic representative, who attended the six-party talk held in presidential palace, was not nominated by the 21 ethnic political parties.

Thein Sein moves to boost African ties

President Thein Sein made a speech on behalf of Asian countries at the 60th Bandung Asian-African Conference on April 24, reported the Ministry of Information.
It was held at the Asian-African Conference Museum in Bandung, western Java, Indonesia, to build cooperation between the two continents and enhance worldwide peace and prosperity. It was attended by heads of state and governments.

Speaker demands minimum wage

The Speaker of the Lower House, Thura Shwe Mann, told the Ministry of Labour to set a minimum wage as quickly as possible at a meeting with employers and employees from Hlaingthaya industrial zone held at Kanaung Hall, Yangon, on April 24. 

The deputy minister for labour, employment and social welfare, Win Maw Tun, said a draft of the minimum wage bill would be released at the end of May.

NCCT meeting postponed

YANGON – A meeting of the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) due to be held in Thailand on April 29 and 30 has been cancelled so members can attend the Pangkham (also known as Pangsang) conference of armed ethnic groups, says Colonel Khun Okkar of the NCCT.

NCCT leader Naing Han Thar and deputies Phado Saw Kwe Htoo Win and Major General Guan Maw will attend the ethnic armed forces summit organised by the United Wa State Army (UWSA) in Pangkham Region, Shan State, from May 1 to 3, said Khun Okkar on April 24.

Fresh offensive on Kokang reported

A government regiment has apparently entered Kokang, resulting in many casualties, according to unconfirmed sources and online posts.

Facebook pages that follow the fighting in Laukkaing, northern Shan State, have posted photos showing rebels being arrested, seized weapons and corpses.