Myanmar’s former ruling party expels members seen as close to Aung San Suu Kyi

NAYPYIDAW (BLOOMBERG) – Myanmar’s military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) has expelled 17 members seen as co- operating with Ms Aung San Suu Kyi, said former ruling party lawmaker Khin Shwe, who was among those kicked out. All those expelled were close to Mr Shwe Mann, the former speaker of Parliament, who was removed […]

Aiding a Few Good Men (and Women) in the New Myanmar

Anyone who has ever worked with Congress knows how essential it is for an elected official to have a competent and capable staff. Politicians may be the ones who get the credit, but it is often the staff that handle the bulk of the research and preparation necessary for members to perform their duties as […]

Report Calls for Logging Moratorium, End to State-Run MTE

RANGOON — International and Burmese environmental organizations this week said Burma’s forest reserves are largely exhausted, calling for a moratorium on commercial logging and the dismantling or privatization of the state-owned Myanmar Timber Enterprise (MTE). Those finding came in an analysis released on Wednesday in a report titled “Legally and Illegally Logged Out,” an EU-funded […]

NLD leader’s next challenge: the bureaucracy

Staff in the four ministries soon to come under Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s management have welcomed her appointment, telling The Myanmar Times they hope she can accelerate administrative reforms in the civil service. But analysts and insiders have cautioned that she will face myriad challenges in cleaning up the bureaucracy and upholding promises of […]

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi lauds choice of ethnic and army-backed parliamentary speakers

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi pushed the message of national reconciliation on Wednesday, lauding the choice of representatives from ethnic minorities and the army-backed party as parliamentary speakers in a chamber dominated by her allies. NAYPYITAW: Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi pushed the message of national reconciliation on Wednesday, lauding the choice of representatives from […]

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 […]

Businesswoman aims to change politics from the inside

Clad in a silk longyi sarong as she sits on an opulent sofa in her central Yangon mansion, Thet Thet Khine might seem like one of the most improbable new faces of the National League for Democracy — a party better known for grass-roots activism and former political prisoners. Yet, this affluent businesswoman, medical doctor, […]

Draft automobile policy to be submitted this session

The draft of a new Myanmar Automobile Policy which aims to improve domestic car production and make prices more affordable will be submitted to parliament this session. The 13th session of parliament, which began yesterday, is likely to pass a number of laws that are currently under discussion. Pyithu Hluttaw representative U Myint Soe from […]

NLD looking to repeat 1990 landslide

Partial results released by the Union Election Commission up to 9pm yesterday showed that the NLD had won 289 out of 333 seats announced so far, including those for regional and state assemblies. The military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party plus an “independent” ally were on 27, while six ethnic minority parties won 17 seats […]

Foreign business takes stock of the NLD

As Myanmar prepares itself for historic elections in November, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) encourages voters to “vote for change”, a slogan that has left investors worried about what that would mean for their businesses. The uncertainty about the NLD’s economic policy stems largely from a campaigning environment in which […]