Three political parties who stake their appeal on claims to represent the interests of the ethnic Kachin population in northern Burma have agreed to merge, after none of them managed to make much headway at the polls in the country’s 2015 general election.
A meeting of the Irrawaddy Region legislature, convened Monday to approve a replacement for former Chief Minister Mahn Johnny, was postponed and rescheduled for 18 January, with lawmakers told a letter naming his successor had not yet been received from Naypyidaw.
A member of the Union Election Commission tells a session of Parliament’s Upper House that a by-election will be held sometime in 2018 to fill eight vacant seats in legislatures at the state, regional and national level.
President Htin Kyaw has accepted the resignations of four ministers in the cabinets of the Bago and Magwe governments, bringing to at least seven the number of ministers from state and regional administrations to depart their posts so far this year.
Changes to government leadership are afoot in some parts of Burma as multiple ministers appointed by the National League for Democracy at the state- and region-level have tendered their resignations in recent days.
In his Independence Day speech, Htin Kyaw called for reform of a military-drafted constitution and for justice for all recognised minorities under a federal system, but made no mention of the Rohingya.
A Union Election Commission member says Burma expects to hold a by-election in 2018, adding that the commission will plan the poll to fill the vacant seats if the chambers of the respective parliaments request that the UEC do so.
Some participants of the 1988 uprising that made the term “88 Generation” synonymous with one of Burma’s most historic pro-democracy movements have objected to a bid to register a political party under the name “Four Eights Party.”
A political party formed by members of the “88 Generation” is one step closer to becoming a reality this week, as organisers of the effort submitted an application to the Union Election Commission (UEC) on Tuesday seeking official recognition.
The Union Election Commission has summoned a spokesperson for the Union Solidarity and Development Party to provide evidence after the latter questioned the commission’s ability to rule on electoral disputes impartially.
The Union Election Commission rejects a proposal by Burmese nationalists seeking to establish a political party with an explicit goal of furthering their agenda, with the electoral gatekeeper saying its decision was made based on the country’s Political Parties Registration Law.
The Arakan National Party will hold a meeting of members of its Central Executive Committee to discuss the resignation letter submitted by its chairman, Aye Maung, who officially signalled his intention to leave the party earlier this week.
In a development certain to shake up the political arena in Rakhine State and beyond, the leader of the Arakan National Party has submitted a letter of resignation, throwing one of Burma’s most prominent ethnic political parties into further disarray.
The Union Election Commission announces that a member of the Shan State legislature from the Union Solidarity and Development Party will be unseated, with the National League for Democracy runner-up in a by-election held earlier this year taking his place.
Twenty-seven political parties including the Union Solidarity and Development Party issue a statement accusing the National League for Democracy of taking advantage of religion, as the ruling party has organised interfaith vigils at locales across Burma in recent weeks.
The chair of the Shan Nationalities Democratic Party has said the party will renew efforts to unify Burma’s two most prominent ethnic Shan political parties, the other being the regionally dominant Shan Nationalities League for Democracy.
The Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD), Burma’s main ethnic Shan political party, has strongly criticised the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) for what it says is the latter’s neglect of the concerns and political representatives of ethnic minorities.