Politics

Myanmar leaders welcome Indian minister of external affairs

President Htin Kyaw and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi separately met with Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj on August 22 in Nay Pyi Taw, according to the President’s Office.

President Htin Kyaw received the Indian delegation led by Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj in the afternoon at the Presidential Palace in the capital, the President’s Office announced.

Myanmar to hold by-election in early 2017

Myanmar is expected to hold a by-election in early 2017, said Aung Myint, a member of the Union Election Commission (UEC).

He spoke in response to a question posed by MP Sai Tun Aung from Shan State Constituency-2 in the Upper House on August 22. The MP asked whether there is a plan to hold an election in Shan State’s Monghsu and Kyethi townships, which were excluded from the 2015 general election for security reasons.

Chin CSOs prepare for peace conference

Chin civil society organisations gathered on Monday ahead of the 21st Century Panglong Conference at the New Ayer Hotel.

The meeting of CSOs will last three days and focused on the needs and wishes of Chin communities. Delegates from more than 100 organisations across the country attended the meeting.

Salai Par Lian, a member of the organising committee, said: “Ethnic minority groups are interested in the so-called 21st Century Panglong Conference. We will act as a mouthpiece for the Chin people at the conference.”

State Counsellor returns from China

Aung San Suu Kyi, the State Counsellor and the Minister for Foreign Affairs, and her goodwill delegation landed at Yangon International Airport via Kunming, China, after a goodwill visit to China.

At the invitation of Chinese Premier Mr Li Keqiang, Suu Kyi and her party visited China for five days. During her visit, she met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and visited famous site, including Famen Temple, according to a report from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Peace conference organisers seek wider inclusion

Representatives of ethnic armed groups have proposed an allotment of time to prepare criteria for other organisations to participate in drafting a political dialogue framework, said Pado Saw Kywel Htoo Win, the general secretary of the Karen National Union (KNU) and representative for ethnic armed groups in the committee organising the Union Peace Conference.

The review meeting on the political dialogue framework was held at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre (NRPC) in Yangon on August 21.  

Peace conference organisers seek wider inclusion

Representatives of ethnic armed groups have proposed an allotment of time to prepare criteria for other organisations to participate in drafting a political dialogue framework, said Pado Saw Kywel Htoo Win, the general secretary of the Karen National Union (KNU) and representative for ethnic armed groups in the committee organising the Union Peace Conference.

The review meeting on the political dialogue framework was held at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre (NRPC) in Yangon on August 21.  

State Counsellor returns from China

Aung San Suu Kyi, the State Counsellor and the Minister for Foreign Affairs, and her goodwill delegation landed at Yangon International Airport via Kunming, China, after a goodwill visit to China.

At the invitation of Chinese Premier Mr Li Keqiang, Suu Kyi and her party visited China for five days. During her visit, she met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and visited famous site, including Famen Temple, according to a report from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Don't exploit disaster: Htin Kyaw

President Htin Kyaw has told Ayeyawady flood victims that the government will aid them provided that disaster reports are accurate.

“The government is helping not because we’re rich but because it is our responsibility to help our citizens in need. It is important that everyone remains altruistic and honest when submitting reports so that the burden does not fall too heavily on any community,” said Htin Kyaw.

Force rich to pay tax: MP

MP Ye Htut has asked Parliament to audit tycoons and business leaders who avoid taxation and pay less tax than they should, in order to reduce the government deficit.

The Sagaing MP made the comments while Parliament tabled an amendment bill for this year's Union Budget Law and amended the Union Budget Allocation for 2016-17.

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