State counselor silent on sanctions

The United States is expected to announce today an extension of its economic and military sanctions against Myanmar, with some revisions, in line with recommendations by the new civilian-led government, according to Western diplomats in Yangon and reports from Washington. Sanctions are also likely to feature on the agenda when Secretary of State John Kerry […]

Thein Sein: the quiet junta insider who opened Myanmar to the world

When he became Myanmar’s leader five years ago Thein Sein was dismissed as a junta stooge – but as he prepares to hand power to Aung San Suu Kyi’s government, the taciturn ex-general can also claim credit for steering a peaceful political transition that has stunned the world. President Thein Sein, who spent almost half […]

New MPs to inherit host of issues in Myanmar

Rookie MP Tin Ko Ko Oo spends his free time poring over training manuals, learning English and studying a much-thumbed Burmese-English copy of Myanmar’s Constitution. “It’s like going back to university, but not as easy,” he said in his modest office allotted to MPs in a leafy compound in Naypyitaw. “Now we have responsibilities; we […]

From icon to politician – As Myanmar changes, so does Suu Kyi

When Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi spoke warmly on a recent radio show about a critical meeting that followed her landslide election victory, she was referring to talks with the very man who had detained her for 15 years. Listeners might have been surprised by the Nobel peace laureate’s gentle tone towards Than Shwe, former […]

Myanmar’s post-election landscape reshaped by Suu Kyi victory

While supporters of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi hit the streets to celebrate an apparent landslide win for her party in Sunday’s election, a dazed former general sat at home licking his wounds. Veteran politician Htay Oo, acting chief of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), lost his seat in the […]

Myanmar military backed MecTel To Compete With Telenor And Ooredoo

Ooredoo and Telenor, two foreign companies that won the lucrative telecom licenses in Myanmar, may face tough competition from a little-discussed domestic Myanmar company jointly owned by the army-backed Myanmar Economic Corporation (MEC) and the state-backed Myanmar Posts and Telecommunication (MPT). “It is planned to grant licenses to two local operators — Myanmar Posts and […]