New Myanmar government brings challenges for Tokyo

With Wednesday’s installation of a new government in Myanmar that will effectively be led by pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, the Southeast Asian nation has arrived at a crossroads in its relationship with Japan. After more than 50 years of military rule, Htin Kyaw, a key aide to Suu Kyi, took over the same […]

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi drops two ministerial jobs, takes on spokeswoman role

YANGON: Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi has dropped plans to run two major ministries but will act as spokeswoman for the country’s new president, a ruling party official said on Monday (Apr 4). Banned from becoming president by the constitution, Suu Kyi has cemented control over the country’s first civilian-led government in decades by taking […]

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi sends new MPs to parliament school

Aung San Suu Kyi is sending her newly-elected MPs on a crash course on Myanmar’s parliament as they prepare to take their seats for the first time early next year, her party said today. The veteran campaigner’s National League for Democracy party won a thunderous majority in landmark November polls that are set to tip […]

Myanmar’s high opium output a huge test for Suu Kyi government: UN

Opium production in Myanmar has stabilized for a third year, the United Nations said on Tuesday, but remained a daunting challenge for the untested government of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi that takes power in February. Myanmar produced an estimated 647 tons of opium in 2015, second only to Afghanistan, the United Nations Office […]

Myanmar’s transition committee lays out priorities

For the first time since Myanmar’s independence, the country will see its military government hand over its responsibilities to a civilian government. To ensure a smooth transfer of power, members of the outgoing military government and the National League for Democracy (NLD) have formed a joint eight-member transition committee. One of the committee’s members is […]

Myanmar’s former junta leader sees Suu Kyi as country’s ‘future leader’

Myanmar’s former junta leader sees Aung San Suu Kyi as the country’s “future leader” and has pledged to support her even though she is currently barred by the constitution from becoming president, his grandson said on Saturday. Than Shwe, who headed a military junta until he stepped down in 2011 and who many believe remains […]

China Ties Set for Thaw If Myanmar Opposition Wins Election

Myanmar’s opposition led by Aung San Suu Kyi expects warm ties with China if it wins a parliamentary election this month, good news for its northern neighbor which has seen its influence wane amid tensions with the current government. Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy bears China no ill will, said Win Htein, a member […]

Myanmar’s Mining Reforms Stall, Hindering Foreign Investment

A new mining law that would clarify rules and ease restrictions for foreign investors looking to tap into the lucrative sector remains frozen in Myanmar’s legislature, said an official from the country’s Ministry of Mines. The law, which was proposed more than two years ago, is still being debated by Myanmar’s parliament said Win Htein, […]