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.

Six-party talks scheduled for April 10

Union Parliament Speaker Shwe Mann told the leaders of 18 political parties in Nay Pyi Taw on Monday that they should prepare to begin six-party talks on Friday.

"The Union Parliament speaker said the six-party meeting will take place in the afternoon on April 10. He also said sessions of the Union Parliament will go into recess on that day," said Dr Aye Maung, who has been chosen as a representative of various ethnic groups.

Education bill due before Thingyan

The national education amendment bill is expected to be finalised for endorsement before the Thingyan water festival that runs from April 13 to 16, Saw Hla Tun, the secretary of the Lower House’s Bill Committee, said.

The bill has now come to the Lower House’s Bill Committee after the Upper House discussed and approved it.