Politics

President Thein Sein promises free elections

 
A Myanmar delegation led by the Minister of the President's Office Aung Min sent a letter from President Thein Sein to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a four-day visit to Japan, according to sources.
 
In the letter, the president promised to continue with the national peace process and democratic reform, and guaranteed a free and fair election later this year.
 

Suu Kyi sends out new year greetings

The leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD) Aung San Suu Kyi has sent out her new year wish that the people's needs, hopes and desires may be fulfilled. 
 
Suu Kyi marked the new year, 1377 in Myanmar, with a film released by the party.
 

UNFC calls for ceasefire in Laukkaing region

The chairperson of United Nationalities Federation Council (UNFC) sent an open letter to President Thein Sein on April 13, the first day of the Thingyan water festival, demanding a ceasefire in Laukkaing, located in the Kokang Self-Administered Zone. The letter said the conflict in Laukkaing is an obstacle to the nationwide ceasefire process.

Most political prisoners arrested under current government, says AAPP report

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) released a statement on April 4 saying at least 172 political prisoners remain in jail in Myanmar, while 296 others face trials on political charges, most of whom were first arrested after 2013, during the term of President Thein Sein.

Six parties agree to amend Constitution

The six-party talks with President Thein Sein, the Union Parliament Speaker Thura Shwe Mann, Upper House Speaker Khin Aung Myint, Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, chairperson of the National League for Democracy Aung San Suu Kyi and Dr Aye Maung, representing ethnic minorities, were held at the presidential residence in Nay Pyi Taw on April 10.

The meeting agreed to amend the Constitution, according to Aye Maung.

ALP denies Shan State government’s allegation

The Arakan Liberation Party (ALP) denied the Shan State government’s allegation that eight members of its party were involved in clashes between the Arakan Army and government troops in Paletwa, Chin State on March 29.

MPs urged to visit constituencies

The speaker of the Upper House of Parliament yesterday asked his parliamentarians to make field trips to their respective constituencies when the twelfth parliamentary sessions are in recess for a month.

Mutually beneficial agreements from six-party talk are vital, says Suu Kyi

Nay Pyi Taw – Achieving mutually beneficial agreements from the six-party talk is vital for the nation, said Aung San Suu Kyi, chairperson of National League for Democracy (NLD) during a press briefing at the parliament building on Thursday.

NLD to consider boycotting election

The National League for Democracy (NLD) cannot guarantee that it will not boycott the upcoming election, said NLD chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi at a press briefing held at the parliament building in Nay Pyi Taw.

Myanmar’s political leaders talk peace, elections in Nay Pyi Taw

More than 40 key stakeholders met for three hours Wednesday in the presidential residence in Nay Pyi Taw, focusing on critical issues such as peace-building, the draft National Ceasefire Accord, the pending 2015 general elections and political stability before elections and transition afterwards, sources say.

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