Several political parties in Burma have reacted with frustration to the election commission’s decision to cancel by-elections this year, while others — notably the NLD — shrugged off the polls as unnecessary and ‘a burden’.
DVB’s Shwe Aung speaks to Saw Than Myint, co-founder of the multi-ethnic Federal Union Party (FUP) and spokesperson for the Nationalities Brotherhood Federation (NBF), about the history of the two parties and their vision for the coming elections.
Burma’s Union Election Commission (UEC) has agreed to seven of nine electoral regulation changes recommended by the country’s main opposition party, according to politicians present at the negotiations.
Burma’s Interim Press Council, a semi-independent oversight body established in 2012, met with President Thein Sein on Friday in Naypyidaw, where they agreed to a mandate granting the council mediation rights over disputes involving the media.
Burma’s Parliament passes a bill proposing amendments to the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Law that would oblige authorities to accept all applications for public rallies unless they can cite “valid reasons”.
After four long years of anticipation, Burmese sports fans are set for a month-long football festival as the World Cup kicks off in Brazil late on Thursday night or– let’s face it – early Friday morning.