US watching charter change

Derek Mitchell, US ambassador to Myanmar, told the Myanmar Eleven at a press conference at the US Embassy in Yangon that America was keeping a close watch on efforts to change the 2008 Constitution.

MP Khin Maung Yi, chairperson of the bill committee, said: “The committee is yet to submit the amendment bill for the Constitution besides giving promises to amend the 2008 Constitution.” 

Shan MP swaps parties

Lower House MP Sai Thiha Kyaw has left the Shan Nationalities Democratic Party (SNDP) for the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD). 

“The reason for changing is to encourage the voters in my constituency. The work procedures and policies of the SNLD fit my plans. For that reason, I resigned from the SNDP,” Sai Thiha Kyaw said.

MP blames president for Chinese loan

Parliament must give the green light to take out a US$600 million loan from the Exim Bank of China as President Thein Sein had already given his approval, said Lower House MP Sandar Min at the 2015-16 pre-budget consultation at the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI).

Parties denounce violence

"By reducing central controls, human resources can widely be used for the sake of the nation. By the promises gained from the four-party talks, stability can be built," said Naw Angela Thaung of the Kayan National Party.

USDP denies backing crackdown

The ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) has said it did not support the crackdown on students.

In a statement, the USDP said it was actively participating in national reconciliation, peace building and democratic reform. The party was also cooperating with other parties to resolve disagreements and would hold a panel discussion to reveal the results.

Party members should not participate in the crackdown, the USDP said.

NLD demands peaceful student solution

MP Win Myint of the National League for Democracy says he wants coordination to find a peaceful solution to the student boycott.

He added that he was appalled to see female students being beaten in Yangon, calling for coordination to end violence.

NLD chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi said it was the media's duty to find out who was doing what so the authorities could be held to account.

Failure to seek common ground will obstruct national ceasefire, says NCCT leader

If the government and ethnic armed groups fail to find common ground based on equality, they will find it more difficult later to sign a nationwide ceasefire, said Naing Han Tha, a leader of the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT).

Western nations to support upcoming election

Embassies from Australia, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, European Union, the United Kingdom and the United States of America on March 3 released a joint statement to support Myanmar’s upcoming general election this year.

The joint statement says they warmly welcomed the political reforms that have occurred in Myanmar, particularly the Myanmar Government’s announcement that a general election will be held in late 2015.

NLD members put off China visit

Opposition party members have postponed their planned visit to the People’s Republic of China, citing their tight schedule as the reason for the postponement, party spokesperson Nyan Win confirmed on Tuesday.

At the invitation of China, some representatives from the National League for Democracy were planning to visit China for nine days this month.

“We have cancelled the trip. The reason is that we don’t have time. But we mean the visit has been postponed. We will consider it later,” said Nyan Win.

President, opposition leader meet in Nay Pyi Taw

President Thein Sein and Opposition Leader Aung San Suu Kyi discussed issues around the constitution and elections during a meeting Monday in Nay Pyi Taw, official sources reported.

The 30-minute meeting, the sixth between the two leaders, began at about 6 pm at the president's farm house, sources for both the president and Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) party confirmed.