No USDP landslide possible, says MP

Upper House MP Hla Swe told the media that the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party’s (USDP) central committee was likely to choose its presidential candidate on May 29 or May 30, adding that the party would not win a landslide victory like in the 2010 election.  

“Unlike in the 2010 election, I don’t think our party will win a landslide victory. But fierce rivalry is exciting. It is not good that one single party always wins,” said Hla Swe, a member of the central committee.  

NCCT meeting kicks off in Thailand

The Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) has begun its meeting in Thailand on May 25. The meeting will last for three days and will determine what issues will be discussed at upcoming summit at Lawkhila, located in KNU-controlled territory, said NCCT vice chairperson Padoh Saw Kwe Htoo Win.

Don’t steal our hope, warns PNLO chairman

The country will suffer if workers and farmers feel their plight is hopeless, according to Khun Myint Tun, chairman of the Pa-Oh National Liberation Organisation (PNLO).

He said that ethnic armed groups had tried peaceful processes of democracy, equal rights and autonomy but had chosen armed conflict because they had been suppressed by force.

Corrupt NLD members to be dismissed: Suu Kyi

Anyone found guilty of harming the interests of the state in the National League for Democracy (NLD) would be dismissed, Aung San Suu Kyi, the chairperson of the NLD, said.

She told a public meeting in Putao in Kachin State: “Some people became members after the 2012 by-elections. I don’t mean to insult anyone but some are opportunists. Therefore, the party will remove fair-weather friends who are opportunists.

Don’t expect U-turn: president

Transparency and accountability were necessary to develop a good administration and no one should expect a U-turn, President Thein Sein told a workshop on administrative reforms held in Nay Pyi Taw on May 23.

“Transparency and accountability are the main components in the emergence of a good administrative machinery. It is also necessary to build increased capacity for civil servants working in all sectors of the country,” Thein Sein said.

NLD and 88 Generation to mark 1990 anniversary

The National League for Democracy and the 88 Generation Peace and Open Society will issue a joint political declaration to mark the 25th anniversary of the 1990 general election on May 27.

This decision came after a meeting between the NLD central executive committee led by Tin Oo and 88 Generation’s Min Ko Naing and Ko Ko Gyi, at the NLD headquarters.

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.