Political prisoners awarded cash assistance

The Hanthawaddy U Win Tin Foundation provided cash assistance yesterday to ex-political prisoners and two former military officers who remain in jail as political prisoners.

The two former military officers were provided Ks 300,000 each (about US$300). Former Major Kyaw Swar Win was imprisoned in Mandalay on charges of violating military discipline after he took part in a nationwide signature campaign for amending Section 436 of the constitution organised by the National League for Democracy and 88 Generation Peace and Open Society.

Suu Kyi speaks to media following president’s meeting

Democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi spoke to media at her house in Nay Pyi Taw on Monday after President Thein Sein’s meeting with the Union Parliament speaker, the commander-in-chief of Defence Services, leaders of Myanmar's political parties, ethnic affairs ministers and herself, which was held at the Presidential Palace.

“The meeting that has just taken place was not a six-party talk. The discussions were very general because there were 48 people present. No one can deny this,” Suu Kyi said.

Ye Htut holds press conference on meeting with president

Presidential spokesperson and information minister Ye Htut took to Facebook to denounce a photo that he alleges was originally posted by Myo Yan Naung Thein, a senior member of the National League for Democracy (NLD). 

Myo Yan Naung Thein, who is the director of the NLD’s Bayda Institute, denied the accusation.

The photo shows President Thein Sein carrying a child in his arms during a recent trip with the caption “By the way, there have been many cases of underage rape committed by old bats recently.”

NLD issues statement focusing on reform process that does not go ahead

The opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) on January 13 issued a statement focusing on the reform process that does not go ahead as a consequence of the administration sector’s interference in the judicial sector and of being unable to deal with corruption.

Aung San Suu Kyi, the chairperson of the NLD, met President Thein Sein, Union Parliament Speaker Thura Shwe Mann, Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and the ethnic ministers at the Presidential House in Nay Pyi Taw on January 12.

President, party leaders meet again

President Thein Sein met opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and leaders of other political parties in Nay Pyi Taw on January 12 for discussions on key domestic issues, such as the successful completion of the 2015 general election, the national peace process and democratization.

Lack of laws might decrease women's participation in 2015 election

The involvement of women in the 2015 election will be subdued by the lack of laws ensuring women's participation in the cabinet and parliament, according to a member of the Phan Tee Ain women's group. 

People in Kachin must work together to ensure immediate success in peace process: President

All national brethrens living in Kachin State must work together with Kachin State Government in order to ensure an immediate success in the peace process organised by the Union Government and witness developments in Kachin State, President Thein Sein said in his message sent to the ceremony to mark the 67th anniversary of Kachin State’s Day on January 10.

“In building a new peaceful modern democratic nation, all national brethrens living in Kachin State must make concerted efforts through patriotic and Union spirit,” Thein Sein said.

Suu Kyi blames poverty on poor education

Yangon – Any act to improve a country without taking into consideration the right to free thought would fail, said Aung San Suu Kyi, the chairperson of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD).

The NLD’s chief was addressing a fund-raising music festival to mark the fourth anniversary of the Education Network at the People’s Square in Yangon on January 10.

President picks party leaders for Jan 12 meeting

President Thein Sein will meet leaders of numerous political parties at the Presidential House in Nay Pyi Taw on January 12 to discuss this year’s general election and the promotion of democracy. 

The President’s Office has yet to receive several replies to its invites. 

The invitation letter says the agenda will concentrate on three topics: continued efforts for democratisation and reform, the holding of political talks for national reconciliation and the holding of free and fair elections in 2015. 

Army attacks could derail ceasefire: NCCT

Before a ceasefire can be signed on Union Day, February 12, attacks by the Myanmar armed forces must end, said Khun Okkar from the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT). 

The government’s Union Peace Working Committee (UPWC) and the rebel groups’ NCCT agreed to hold nationwide ceasefire meetings in mid-January. Before that meeting, both parties will hold informal talks.