Politics

Election laws, national referendum bill to be discussed in parliament

The Union Parliament Joint Bill Committee tabled the bill for the national referendum on amending the 2008 constitution and other election laws for discussion in parliament on February 24.

The Constitutional Tribunal ruled that the granting of voting rights to white card holders is not in line with the 2008 constitution and sent the bill back to the parliament on February 11.

Nationwide ceasefire talks to resume in mid-March

The Union Peacemaking Work Committee and armed ethnic groups have reached an agreement to resume nationwide ceasefire talks in the middle of March this year.  

The technical team of the UPWC and the leaders of the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) met in Chiang Mai, Thailand on February 21 and agreed to resume the talks next month after the sixth peace talks failed to reach any agreement.

MP slams govt’s broken promises

Upper House MP Dr Myat Nyarna Soe has criticised the government for failing to meet its promises, adding that people should select a more reliable administration at this year’s general election.

MP slams govt’s broken promises

Upper House MP Dr Myat Nyarna Soe has criticised the government for failing to meet its promises, adding that people should select a more reliable administration at this year’s general election.

Six-party talks are a must: Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi said that the government must set up the six-party talks which are proposed by the Union Parliament.

Her words renewed efforts to establish talks with the president, Speakers from both houses of the Parliament, commander-in-chief, an ethnic representative and herself.

“Six-party talks are a must,” she said after the central committee meeting of National League for Democracy. “We’ve called for the talks in unison with ethnic parties.”

Military says ethnic groups supplying Kokang rebels

The United Wa Army, Ta'ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and Mongla group (also known as the National Democracy Alliance Army) have been aiding the Kokang rebels, Lieutenant-General Mya Tun Oo from the Office of the Commander-in-Chief told a press conference in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.

Parliament declares state of emergency in Kokang

The Union Parliament has imposed a state of emergency and martial law on the Kokang Self-Administered Zone in Shan State with no MPs objecting. 

The approval vote came after Presidential Office minister Aung Min tabled a proposal on the declaration of a state of emergency and military administration order. 

NCCT demands end to ceasefire deadlock

If a seventh round of ceasefire talks is arranged before disagreements are settled, there will be no progress, according to Naing Hantha, leader of the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT).

The government's Union Peacemaking Working Committee (UPWC) and the NCCT held the sixth ceasefire talks in September 2014 but have failed to organise further meetings since.

Both parties met in Chiang Mai, Thailand, to hold a seventh round earlier this month but the event was unsuccessful.

Speaker meets Kokang representatives

Parliamentary Speaker Thura Shwe Mann has met representatives of the Kokang self-administered region to discuss forming an official committee to end the conflict there.

The Speaker summoned the meeting on February 19 with Laukkai MP Kyaw Ni Naing, Konkyan MP Gangte Won and Lugwon Shi MP of Shan State's no.11 constituency.

Parliament urged to speedily approve national education bill

The United Nationalities Alliance (UNA) and its allied organisations on February 19 urged the Union parliament to speedily approve the National Education Reform bill.

Three representatives of the protesting students attended the 3-day meeting organised by the UNA and its allied organisations.