MPs too weak to challenge govt: watchdogs

Parliamentary scrutiny groups say MPs are still too weak to challenge the government's spending.

“MPs participate drawing up the budget. Transparency becomes stronger. Budgetary information is weak in sharing between the regional parliament and the state, especially tender process,” Khaing Win of the Sandhi Governance Institute said.

Rebel groups demand new peace deal

The United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) is demanding changes to the 2015 nationwide ceasefire agreement before it agrees to sign up, says Naing Han Tha, the vice-chairman of the rebel network.

The State Counsellor's Office announced on Thursday that the UNFC's Karen National Progressive Party, New Mon State Party (NMSP), Arakan National Council, Lahu Democratic Union and Wa National Organisation were going to sign the ceasefire.

Few by-election voters check lists

Voters in Nyaunglebin, Bago Region, and Kyauktada, Yangon Region, have reportedly shown little interest in checking voter lists ahead of the April 1 by-elections.

Activists meet to establish political party

A seminar on setting up a political party was held at the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) in Yangon on March 30.

State Counsellor meets with Vice President of East Asia and Pacific Region of WB


State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and Victoria Kwakwa, vice president for the East Asia and Pacific Region of the World Bank (WB) Group discussed electric power development as a priority in the country at Nay Pyi Taw on March 29.

During the meeting, Suu Kyi and Victoria Kwakwa exchanged views on cooperation in agriculture, electric power, education and health sectors, implementation of policies, and the priority to be given to developments in the electrical power sector.

Tanintharyi Speaker demands budget reports

The Speaker of Tanintharyi Region’s parliament on March 28 told the government to submit budget reports.

MP wants role in budget planning

MP of Thingangyun Township told the Yangon regional parliament that the government should ask for MPs’ opinions before drawing a budget proposal.

Military and NCA member battle in Shan State

Government troops and the Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS), an ethnic armed group who signed the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) in 2015, engaged in an armed conflict in Shan State on March 25.

The army allegedly attacked RCSS forces in Wanyaung Village in Mongpyin Township. The battle lasted over two hours, according to the RCSS.

New Arakan political party chooses two leaders


The new political party of the Rakhine ethnicities, Arakan League for Democracy (ALD), has chosen two leaders and has drawn the constitution, rules and policy based on the former party which was dissolved in 2013 after merging with the Rakhine National Development Party (RNDP) into Arakan National Party (ANP). 

The party establishing committee held a meeting on March 27 and 28 in Pauktaw Township, Rakhine State for licensing and works in the future. 

PACE to report any unusual issue on by-election day

If any unusual event occurs on election day, a statement will be issued after reporting it to the Union Election Commission, said Han Soe Tun, programme manager of People's Alliance for Credible Elections (PACE).