Politics

Five Karen parties to meet to discuss merger

 

Mann Aung Pyi Soe, the vice chairman of the Phalon Sawaw Democratic Party, said a meeting would be called at the end of February to discuss the adoption of a resolution to merge the five Karen (Kayin) ethnic parties into a single party.

The resolution was drafted at a previous meeting held in Yangon on January 26. The participants decided to form a single party within one year by forming a merger committee with 30 members—six each from the five parties.

Yangon Region parliament picks speaker, deputy speaker

The Yangon Region parliament elected Tin Maung Tun from Dagon Township Constituency No 1 as speaker and Lin Naing Myint from Kamayut Township Constituency No 2 as deputy speaker yesterday during its first regular session.

 In his opening speech, the newly elected speaker said amendments to old laws and the drafting and enactment of new laws will be done in accordance with the decisions of the MPs, without attachment to any organization, religion or racial group.

Parliaments form key standing committees

The upper and lower houses of parliament yesterday formed four standing committees each—a bill committee, a public accounts committee, a rights committee and a government guarantees, pledges and undertakings vetting committee.

The Lower House’s bill committee will be chaired by Tun Tun Hein from the National League for Democracy, while U Steven from the Union Solidarity and Development Party will serve as secretary.

Parliament to begin process of electing president, vice presidents on March 17

Upper House Speaker Mann Win Khaing Than announced in parliament on February 8 that discussions on the election of the new president and vice presidents will begin on March 17.

Three vice presidents will be selected: one by the Lower House, another by the Upper House and the third by the military representatives. The Union Parliament will vote to elect one vice president to the presidency.  

SNLD chairman donates aid to IDPs

Khun Tun Oo, the chairman of the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD), donated aid to internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in the Hipa refugee camp in Monghsu Township, Shan State, on February 4. He was accompanied by SNLD general-secretary Sai Nyunt Lwin and joint-secretary Sai Leik.

On February 5, the SNLD delegation discussed plans for a by-election in Monghsu Township, where elections were not held on November 8, 2015—the day of the general election for the rest of the country—due to conflict in the area.

SNLD chairman donates aid to IDPs

Khun Tun Oo, the chairman of the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD), donated aid to internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in the Hipa refugee camp in Monghsu Township, Shan State, on February 4. He was accompanied by SNLD general-secretary Sai Nyunt Lwin and joint-secretary Sai Leik.

On February 5, the SNLD delegation discussed plans for a by-election in Monghsu Township, where elections were not held on November 8, 2015—the day of the general election for the rest of the country—due to conflict in the area.

RCSS to monitor new government’s peace policies

The Restoration Council of Shan State and Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA), which signed the nationwide ceasefire agreement with the government in October 2015, issued a statement to mark the 69th Shan National Day on February 7, saying new government’s policies and actions relating to the peace process will be monitored. The group said it is confident the new government will be able to serve the interests of the people.

The ceremony for the 69th Shan National Day was held at the headquarters of the RCSS/SSA in Lweltaihlan, Shan State, on February 7.

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