Lower house speaker calls for parliamentary commission to submit at least seven options for electoral systems – including proportional representation and first-past-the-post – that could be suitable to Burma.
DVB speaks to Dr. Aye Maung following his appointment as RNP chairman. He discusses the recent RNP conference and the party’s policies, as well as addressing the status of Rohingyas (or Bengalis) in Arakan State.
A Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) representative said on Wednesday that the ethnic bloc is unable to reach agreement with the Burmese government on four of the remaining five points of the proposed single-text nationwide ceasefire draft.
The National League for Democracy has refuted reports suggesting that it might support former military strongman and current house Speaker Shwe Mann as a presidential candidate in general elections scheduled for 2015.
A recent meeting of political party leaders to discuss a framework for post-ceasefire dialogue was carried out without Burma’s two biggest parties, giving rise to theories that past rivalries are resurfacing.
Delegates from the Pa-O National Liberation Organisation and the Shan State Army-South/ Restoration Council of Shan State failed to find an agreement on a territory dispute during a day of talks at the SSA headquarters in Loi Taileng on 11 September.
Despite the president’s promise to rid Burma’s jails of political prisoners by the end of 2013, a leading advocacy group claims that the number of prisoners of conscience has increased over the past year.