UNFC calls for ceasefire in Laukkaing region

The chairperson of United Nationalities Federation Council (UNFC) sent an open letter to President Thein Sein on April 13, the first day of the Thingyan water festival, demanding a ceasefire in Laukkaing, located in the Kokang Self-Administered Zone. The letter said the conflict in Laukkaing is an obstacle to the nationwide ceasefire process.

Most political prisoners arrested under current government, says AAPP report

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) released a statement on April 4 saying at least 172 political prisoners remain in jail in Myanmar, while 296 others face trials on political charges, most of whom were first arrested after 2013, during the term of President Thein Sein.

Six parties agree to amend Constitution

The six-party talks with President Thein Sein, the Union Parliament Speaker Thura Shwe Mann, Upper House Speaker Khin Aung Myint, Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, chairperson of the National League for Democracy Aung San Suu Kyi and Dr Aye Maung, representing ethnic minorities, were held at the presidential residence in Nay Pyi Taw on April 10.

The meeting agreed to amend the Constitution, according to Aye Maung.

ALP denies Shan State government’s allegation

The Arakan Liberation Party (ALP) denied the Shan State government’s allegation that eight members of its party were involved in clashes between the Arakan Army and government troops in Paletwa, Chin State on March 29.

MPs urged to visit constituencies

The speaker of the Upper House of Parliament yesterday asked his parliamentarians to make field trips to their respective constituencies when the twelfth parliamentary sessions are in recess for a month.

Mutually beneficial agreements from six-party talk are vital, says Suu Kyi

Nay Pyi Taw – Achieving mutually beneficial agreements from the six-party talk is vital for the nation, said Aung San Suu Kyi, chairperson of National League for Democracy (NLD) during a press briefing at the parliament building on Thursday.

NLD to consider boycotting election

The National League for Democracy (NLD) cannot guarantee that it will not boycott the upcoming election, said NLD chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi at a press briefing held at the parliament building in Nay Pyi Taw.

Myanmar’s political leaders talk peace, elections in Nay Pyi Taw

More than 40 key stakeholders met for three hours Wednesday in the presidential residence in Nay Pyi Taw, focusing on critical issues such as peace-building, the draft National Ceasefire Accord, the pending 2015 general elections and political stability before elections and transition afterwards, sources say.

Six parties denounce proportional representation system

Eight political parties attended a discussion on April 7 about the prospect of implementing the proportional representation (PR) electoral system for Upper House parliamentary seats in the upcoming election.
Of the eight parties, only the National Democratic Force (NDF) and the All Mon Region Democracy Party supported the use of the PR system. The other six parties, including the National League for Democracy (NLD), denounced the system.

Htay Oo calls for fair election

Htay Oo, vice-chairman of the Union Solidarity and Development Association (USDA), said he desires the upcoming 2015 general election to be fair but if there are people creating instability in the country, like the 1988 disturbances, the election might be postponed.

He was replying to a query posed by journalists whether the election will be postponed if the country is in chaos.