Shan group fears impeachment, calls on diplomats, media and civil society to monitor by-elections

The Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD) has asked diplomats, journalists and civil society groups to monitor the April 1 by-elections – as it fears it could be impeached.

The SNLD issued a statement on Thursday, saying it would take part in the by-elections. It has nominated candidates for seven vacant seats in Keng Tung, Kyethi and Mongshu Townships.

The party has instructed different subordinate bodies to abide by the electoral rules and avoid unofficial matters, the statement said.

Yangon prepares for peace rally

A preliminary campaign in the run-up to a mass movement calling for a total end to war, which will be staged on February 4 (tomorrow), was conducted in Yangon on Thursday.

The event took place at the junction of Htanchaukpin Road in Shwepyitha Township and other public places.

Parliament needed as solid foundation for democracy: Lower House Speaker

A democratic foundation can be established in the country only with the support of a strong parliament, Win Myint, the Speaker of Lower House, said.

Win Myint was speaking at a ceremony to mark the first anniversary of the second Union Parliament, Lower House Parliament and Upper House Parliament held in Nay Pyi Taw on February 1.

General calls for collaboration in work towards change

Ethnic armed groups, political parties and civil servants should work together to charter change, General Saw Mutu Say Po, the chairman of Karen National Union (KNU), said.

Ethnic armed groups and political parties should collaborate with government officials who are discharging duties of the State to make amendments to the 2008 military-drafted Constitution and provide guarantees to every citizen including ethnics, Saw Mutu Say Po said.

Karen groups ready for peace conference

Karen national organisations gathered at the Karen National Union (KNU)’s Lawkheela headquarters in Kayin State from January 28-30 and approved the reports from an earlier meeting.

More than 600 ethnic representatives from Karen armed groups, political parties and civil-society organisations met from January 18-20 in Hpa-an Township and talked about subjects to submit to the Union Peace Conference, also known as Panglong, scheduled late this month.

UEC releases by-election voter lists

The Union Election Commission has

President, State Counsellor meet Japanese prime minister’s adviser separately

YANGON: President U Htin Kyaw and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi who is also Foreign Minister, yesterday held the separate meetings with Hiroto Izumi, a special adviser to the Japanese Prime Minister at the Nay Pyi Taw, according to the President Office.

They discussed Japanese aid for the development tasks in Myanmar.

President Htin Kyaw met Izumi at his presidential palace and discussed matters on promoting of bilateral relationship, participation of Japanese entrepreneurs in Myanmar and providing assistance.

Canvassing for April by-elections begin


Some candidates launched their campaigns for the April 1 by-elections yesterday, the official first day permitted to start campaigning.

The Union Election Commission has announced that candidates from the political parties and independent candidates can start carrying out the canvass beginning January 30, but most of candidates were unable to start their canvassing stands yesterday.

Myanmar president to visit Cambodia

PHNOM PENH (Rasmei Kampuchea/ANN) - Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw will visit Cambodia this week. 

The three-day visit follows an invitation from Cambodia's King Norodom Sihamoni, according to a Ministry of Foreign Affairs press release today.

UPDJC permits 3 more national-level forums

The Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) gave a green light to three more national-level forums, said its deputy chairman Thu Wai on Sunday.