Two Mon parties to rapidly implement merger

The All Mon Region Democracy Party and Mon National Party have issued a joint statement saying they will rapidly implement a merger.

These two Mon parties separately issued respective statements regarding the  Mon people’s conference held on January 7. Now they have issued the joint statement for the first time.

The joint statement states that Mon National Day, the significant day of Mon people, will fall on February 1 in 2018.

Latest session of 21st Century Panglong Conference postponed

The third session of the 21st Century Panglong Conference scheduled for the last week of January has been deferred to February, said Aung Soe, a member of the Government’s Peace Commission.
The conference postponement aims to ensure that it becomes a part of the Union Accord, he said. The United Nationalities Federal Council also has a plan to sign the agreement.
The deferment is also aimed at holding national-level political dialogue and ensuring all parties are included, he added.

Three men charged under Peaceful Assembly and Procession Law


Three men, including the chairman of Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP), were charged under the Peaceful Assembly and Procession Law on January 19. It is alleged that they were the leaders of more than 700 people who marched toward the court handling the case of five Karenni men, who staged a protest against the Tatmadaw’s alleged execution of four people. 

The court started to investigate three men and the defendants said they would face trial. 

Union Parliament approves Han Zaw as Minister for Construction

The Union Parliament approved Han Zaw as the Minister for Construction after a nominated by President Htin Kyaw during its parliamentary session on January 19. 

Mahn Win Khaing Than said: “President Htin Kyaw sent a message to the Union Parliament that was held on January 16. It was to assign ministerial duties for the Ministry of Construction.”

MP Hla Moe Aung appointed Ayeyawady Region chief minister

Regional MP Hla Moe Aung for Myanaung Township Constituency No 1 has been appointed the new Ayeyawady Region chief minister, according to a statement released by the President’s office.

President Htin Kyaw submitted the nomination to a January 18 emergency meeting of the Ayeyawady Region Parliament.  The new appointment comes 10 days after a vacancy was created when Mann Johnny resigned as chief minister of his own accord.

The newly appointed chief minister vowed to work hard for the interests of the Ayeyawady Region.

Suu Kyi meets with Chinese delegation

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi met on January 17 with Chinese deputy foreign affairs minister Kong Xuanyou and deputy chief of the joint staff department of China’s central military commission (CMC) Maj-General Shao Yuan Ming at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nay Pyi Taw the ministry announced.

Both sides discussed promoting bilateral relations and cooperation, ensuring a successful Third Union Peace Conference – 21st Century Panglong and development in the Maungdaw area of Rakhine State.

MP accused of mutiny and misinformation

The Rakhine State government will sue Lower House MP Dr Aye Maung for “incitement” at literary events that they claim encouraged mutiny against the nation, along with defamation and spreading fake information.

According to a statement released by the Ministry of Information (MOI), a decision was made on January 16 to charge both Dr Aye Maung and author Wai Hin Aung (aka Aung Kyaw Win).

State Counsellor attends coordination meeting on Rakhine State

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi attended the coordination meeting on Rakhine State held at the Presidential Palace in Nay Pyi Taw on January 18.

In her speech, Aung San Suu Kyi said, “I express my condolences to Rakhine ethnics who were dead and those who sustained injuries as well as the police who were wounded in the riot that occurred in Mrauk-U. I pledge to probe into the unrest, take legal actions against those who violated the existing law, and restore community peace and rule of law.”

Army is trying its best to end internal conflicts, says military chief

Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing said on Tuesday, January 16, that the army is an organisation that wants eternal peace. Its duty is to protect the country and the army is trying its best to end internal conflicts, according to announcement from the Office of the Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Services.

Three Kachin political parties agree to merge

Leaders from three Kachin parties signed a January 13 merger agreement at the YMCA in Myitkyina Township, Kachin State.
The Kachin Democratic Party, Kachin State Democracy Party and the Kachin National Congress have agreed to a merger, according to Dr Am Kaw La, chair of the Kachin National Congress Party.
“But there is much more work to be done,” he said.
“Today’s meeting mainly focused on the merger agreement and the future tasks. Three parties have agreed to a merger. The second issue is how we go forward.”