Politics

Suu Kyi calls for peaceful change

National League for Democracy chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi said she wanted to amend the Constitution within the boundary of the law and choose a method that would not harm the public.

At a public rally held in Putao, Kachin State, a resident questioned Suu Kyi about the process to amend the Constitution, including Section 59(F), which prevents her from presidency.

Wa group to skip summit for ethnic leaders

The United Wa State Army (UWSA) will not attend the summit of leaders of ethnic armed groups in Law Khee Lar, the headquarters of the Karen National Union, said Aung Myint, secretary of the organisation. 

He said the National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA), which has close ties with the UWSA, shared the same view as the UWSA.

Suu Kyi to hold Kachin rallies

Aung San Suu Kyi, chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD), is visiting Putao, Kachin State, to hold large-scale rallies.

Yaw Hse from the welcoming committee told the Daily Eleven: “A mass rally will be held in the farmland between the airport and central Putao.” 

The rally had been planned for downtown Putao but they did not know where to submit the application form, Yaw Hse said.

South Korea to fund Yangon bridge

NAY PYI TAW – The government has submitted a proposal to construct a US$168 million, Korean-funded bridge from Dala to Yangon.

Construction Minister Kyaw Lwin told Parliament that when President Thein Sein visited South Korea in 2012 he had discussed the construction of a bridge. Further talks led to the suggestion of a bridge over the Yangon River with an Economic Development Cooperation Fund loan from Korea.

Change Constitution before election: PNLO’s chairman

Before the 2015 general election, President Thein Sein’s administration should amend the much-criticised 2008 Constitution, drafted by the military junta, said Khun Myint Tun, chairman of Pa-O National Liberation Organisation (PNLO).

Wa, Mongla to decide whether to attend Law Khee Lar ethnic summit

The United Wa State Army (UWSA) and the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army-Eastern Shan State (MNDAA/ESS), also known as Mongla ethnic armed group, have yet to decide whether they will attend the ethnic summit to be held in Law Khee Lar, the headquarters of the Karen National Union from June 2 to 6, officials from both parties said.

UEC prepares for complaints following 2015 elections

The Union Election Commission (UEC) is expecting a high number of complaints to be lodged following the 2015 general elections. Election tribunals are already being set up in several regions, said Maung Maung, a member of the Ayeyawady regional election commission.

Maung Maung spoke at a meeting of sub-commissions, political parties and media held at the administrator’s office in Hinthada District, Ayeyawady Region, on May 20.

Suu Kyi invited to 1990 anniversary

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will be invited to attend the 25th anniversary of the 1990 election, according to a member of the committee organising the event.  

The event to be held at Jackson Hall in Yangon on May 27 will be attended by Lower House representatives elected in the 1990 election and family members of the deceased.  

Report to detail 1,000 political prisoners’ suffering

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) is going to finish research about the lives of 1,000 political prisoners currently in custody, said Aung Myo Kyaw from the organisation. 
The AAPP started preparing the list of political prisoners in 2014 together with the Former Political Prisoners Society. Currently, the AAPP has collected about 3,000 political prisoners’ data. On February 23, the AAPP released an initial report about the 1,000 political prisoners’ lives. 

NLD denies news report saying it demands to give citizenship to Bengalis

Opposition party National League for Democracy (NLD) denied that their party didn’t ask the government to give citizenship rights to Bengalis refugees adrift on the sea as reported in UK-based The Independent, said NLD’s spokesperson Nyan Win to the Daily Eleven on May 21.
The Independent newspaper featured a story on May 19 titled “Burma’s opposition demands government gives citizenship to Rohingya refugees adrift on the Andaman Sea”.

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