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Myanmar continues to receive verified Myanmar nationals from Thailand
The Global New Light of Myanmar, 04/07/2019
As the third day of repatriation of the fourth batch of Myanmar Nationals from Thailand on 3 July 2019, (14) verified Myanmar nationals from Umpien Camp, (94) from Mae La Camp and (11) from Ma La Ohn Camp were warmly welcomed by Myanmar officials at Kyauk Lone Gyi camp in Myawady Township through the Myanmar – Thai Friendship Bridge (1). Members of the Repatriation Committees of Kayin State, Mon State and Bago Regional Governments, Minister Counsellor and Embassy Officials from the Embassy of Myanmar in Bangkok also attended the hand-over ceremonies. Through the bilateral arrangement between the Governments of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and the Kingdom of Thailand, the fourth batch of (310) verified Myanmar nationals from Thailand were well received at the Myanmar-Thai border gates from 1 to 3 July 2019. ...
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NDAA ready to sign ceasefire act: Spokesperson
Eleven Myanmar, 01/07/2019
They are ready to sign the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) if all ethnic armed groups, which haven’t signed the NCA yet, are ready to sign it, said Khan Maung, spokesperson of the National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA) on June 30. He replied to a question raised by journalists whether the NDAA plans to sign the NCA at a ceremony to mark the 30th anniversary of peacemaking at the Special region 4 of Shan State. “We are not against the NCA and we hold firmly about all ethnic armed groups to sign the NCA. If all ethnic armed groups were to sign it, we will sign it. If we sign it and some ethnic armed groups don’t sign it, they will misunderstand us,” said Khan Maung. Sai Lin, Chairman of the NDAA said in an opening speech at the ceremony that they will walk towards eternal peace through political dialogue to sign the NCA with 21st Century Panglong Conference spirit. ...
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Ceasefire to be extended
Mizzima, 01/07/2019
The Myanmar military has issued a statement, extending the unilateral ceasefire till 31 August in order to aid the peace process, state media reported. On 21 December, 2018, the Tatmadaw announced its decision to cease all military operations in the Northern Command, North-Eastern Command, Eastern Command, Eastern Central Command, and Triangle Region Command till 30 April, and it had later extended the ceasefire till 30 June, to help implement the peace process, according to the statement. “It has been found that consecutive peace negotiations could be held during the ceasefire period. Therefore, it is hereby announced that the Tatmadaw will extend its ceasefire period till 31 August in keeping with the expectations of the local ethnic people for peace, and so that all organizations involved in the peace process have the confidence to take it forward, with greater efforts,” ...
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Government Meets KNU in Informal Talks
Mizzima, 10/07/2019
The government’s Peace Commission and Karan National Union (KNU) met for informal talks on July 9 at National Reconciliation and Peace Centre (NRPC) in Shweli Road, Yangon. The KNU team was led by KNU Joint Secretary (1) Saw Sar Bway and the members are Naw Dah Dah, Saw Eh Kalu Shwe Oo, Saw Nay Tha Bar Lay, Mahn Ba Tun and Naw May Oo. Previously KNU delegations used to be led by top leaders of KNU Vice-Chairman, General Secretary Etc. but this time this team is led by Joint Secretary (1) Saw Sar Bway and led KNU delegation for the first time. Ministry of State Counsellor Director General Zaw Htay said that they discussed restarting official meetings regarding the peace process. “We could not do our work as we have arguments in terminology. It will take time if Ethnic Armed Organizations (EAOs) cannot decide on terminology, interpretation and understanding,” Zaw Htay add...
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Taking politics out of power
Frontier Myanmar, 06/07/2019
The government's decision to raise electricity prices is commendable, but creating an independent regulator would take politics out of the country's power supply. This is not a government known for making brave political decisions. But on June 25, it announced a much-needed increase in electricity prices, for both households and businesses. The new pricing came into effect on July 1. In reality, the government didn’t have much choice. Electricity subsidies are already close to US$500 million a year and threatening to balloon out of control. Still, to announce an increase of this size relatively close to an election was commendable. The price hike will hurt many middle-income households. Those using the relatively modest sum of 200 units (a unit being one kilowatt hour) a month will see their bill rise from K7,500 to K17,550. The era of dirt-cheap power is over. But there’...
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Mon Unity Party Allowed to be registered as Official Political Party
Mizzima, 13/07/2019
The Union Election Commission (UEC) issued an announcement about the registration of the Mon Unity Party (MUP) which sees the merger of two powerful regional parties in Mon State to be registered as official political party. MUP spokesman Nai San Tin said that the party had received letter sent by election commission by email and they would continue all formalities to be carried out for party registration in accordance with the Electoral Law and Party Registration Law. “We have already done all necessary work at township-level by about 80 percent. Now we are working on presenting the party membership list and putting up party signboards at party offices,” Nai San Tin said. As per the Party Registration Law, the party allowed to be registered as a political party must submit the list of at least 1,000 memberships within 90 days from the date of permission granted by the UEC. ...
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President, Union Ministers do not need to quit their Jobs for Election: UEC
Eleven Myanmar, 25/06/2019
The President and Union Ministers do not need to resign from their posts if they want to compete in the 2020 Election, said Myint Naing, members of the Union Election Commission (UEC) yesterday. On June 24, the UEC met political parties and those involved in the electoral sector, at the election sub-commission office in Yangon Region. “According to Section 7 (b) of the Union Government Law, the President and Union Ministers don’t need to quit their jobs if they want to run for a seat in the election. They can start their canvassing campaigns as soon as the UEC announces the Election Day. In the 2015 election, the ministers and vice-president conducted their canvassing campaigns without resigning from their jobs. It is enshrined in the law,” Myint Naing added. “Most of ministers ran for the seats in the 2015 Election without quitting their posts. As far as I know, forme...
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New party will compete in Elections across the Nation
Myanmar Times, 28/06/2019
The Union Betterment Party, led by Thura U Shwe Mann, will compete in the 2020 general elections in all townships across the country. The party, which was set up about two months ago and now has about 100,000 members, will compete in some states at the request of ethnic people, according to Thura U Shwe Mann. “We have strong belief we can win. It will be up to the people to choose the right person from the right party,” he said. Thura U Shwe Mann awarded party membership certificates and answered questions at a meeting with township elders, social organisations, and people who were interested in joining the party in Mandalay Region on Thursday. His party now has offices in all states and regions, except Magwe Region, Thura U Shwe Mann said. Regardless of race or religion, any citizen can join the party. No membership fee is charged, and members are permitted to leave ...
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Moe Moe Suu Kyi Nominated As Immigration and HR Minister
Myanmar Times, 02/07/2019
Yangon Region government Chief Minister nominated Moe Moe Suu Kyi as the minister in the newly created Immigration and Human Resources Ministry. Yangon Region government Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein nominated her name at Region legislative assembly session convened on July 1. Yangon Region assembly legislator Than Naing Oo from Pabedan constituency (1) said that this new ministry would handle citizenship cases regarding immigration affairs, a training school for workers and placement for workers. “Even with citizens, some are not recognized as citizen though they are Myanmar nationals. There are many people who don’t have national IDs and other documents, some don’t have household registration etc.,” he said. Moe Moe Suu Kyi is from Mayangon constituency (2) and is currently serving as secretary of the Government’s Guarantees, Pledges and Undertaking Vetting and P...
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Election Commission Vows to help People Cast Votes in Conflict Zones
Myanmar Times, 04/07/2019
The Union Election Commission has said it will find a way to help all voters in Myanmar’s conflict zones to exercise their voting right. “We have collected data in war-affected areas, including northern Rakhine State, to find out where help is needed,” said U Myint Naing, member of the commission. He said they are making preparations so that war refugees, migrant workers and people in unstable areas can vote in the 2020 election. A voter list will be compiled throughout the country from July to September. More than 40,000 people have been displaced by six months of fighting in northern Rakhine, the Arakan Army announced on June 8. Rakhine parties fielding candidates in the election are worried that it will be postponed due to instability, said U Myo Kyaw, general secretary of the Rakhine branch of the ruling National League for Democracy. In the 2015 election, ...
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