RANGOON — Members of Burma’s Union Election Commission (UEC) who were recently appointed to represent some of the country’s largest ethnic minority groups say they are committed to helping ensure that free and fair elections take place later this year in regions where ensuring credible polls is likely to be most difficult. Read full article ...
The conflict between government forces and Kokang rebels has intensified north of Laogai this week with both sides claiming the advantage. Read full article ...
Pado Saw Kwal Htoo, general secretary of the Karen National Union (KNU), called on those who are involved in the political dialogue like members of cabinet, parliament, military, ethnic groups and political parties to have understanding among each other so that the drafting of the framework for political dialogue will be finished within two months. Read full article ...
Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann has criticised the government’s lack of transparency and called on officials to demonstrate accountability through their practices, not their words. Read full article ...
The Nationalities Brotherhood Federation (NBF) says it intends to field over 200 candidates in November’s parliamentary elections as the alliance of ethnic parties hopes to become a third force in Myanmar’s politics by winning enough seats to secure the position of one of two vice presidents in the next government. Read full article ...
Which should come first: the nationwide ceasefire or political dialogue? This is not a chicken-and-egg question. We are having this debate because the politics of the 2015 elections are impacting the peace process. Read full article ...
RANGOON — State-run media have reported that seven Kokang rebel soldiers were killed and 12 guns were seized from the ethnic armed group this week when Burma Army soldiers took control of three “important hill posts” in the Kokang Special Region. Read full article ...
The meeting of leaders of the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) will be held in early June, according to Pado Saw Kwal Htoo Win, the chairman of the NCCT. Read full article ...