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NLD’s U Soe Lwin Elected Deputy Mayor of Yangon

YANGON — U Soe Lwin, who won a seat on the executive board of the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) as a candidate for the National League for Democracy in last month’s municipal election, was voted deputy mayor of Myanmar’s largest city and commercial capital on Monday. “[Yangon residents] will see change. We contested the […]

Traffic, garbage and drainage the top concerns in Yangon, say election hopefuls

YANGON — Traffic management, garbage collection, drainage and land tenure were named as the main concerns of Yangon residents at a panel discussion to promote the municipal election on March 31. Hundreds of people attended the event organised by the Yangon School of Political Science and the New Myanmar Foundation in downtown Maha Bandoola Park […]

Yangon gearing up for March 31 municipal election

The Yangon Region Election Commission will announce on Monday the candidates qualified to run for election to the City Development Committee (YCDC) on March 31. Since the new government took power in April 2016, the YCDC has had only five committee members, including the committee chair (mayor) and secretary, appointed by the government. On March […]

In Myanmar, Facebook brings light as well as darkness

It has been more than eight months since Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was grilled by the US Congress over the Cambridge Analytica breach. “I promise I will do better” would be a simple short sentence to sum up Zuckerberg’s stressful two-day congressional testimony. He admitted to US senators that partly because of his mistake it […]

USDP seeking to make comeback in 2020 elections

Leaders of the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), which lost seats in the 2015 general election, say they are overhauling the party to regain their standing in 2020. The USDP was defeated by the National League for Democracy (NLD) led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and has been serving as the opposition and […]

Myanmar expects a more vibrant post-election economy

Foreign investors are being wooed to invest more in Myanmar to take advantage of the country’s Asean membership and geographic location, which should enhance its attractiveness after the election in November. “By the end of this year, the Asean Economic Community will be launched. That means our market will be tenfold bigger. We are also […]

Smartphones Bring Happiness And Headaches To Myanmar

The number of mobile subscribers in Myanmar has quickly grown in a short five years from a mere 500,000 to more than 22 million — giving Burmese a crash course in all the benefits and challenges new technology can bring. Myanmar’s low electrification rates, recurring power outages and poor Internet infrastructure mean that this growth […]

Coal power projects to be delayed

All of Myamar’s planned coal-fired power projects are likely to be delayed beyond the general election, which is set to be held on November 8, according to officials. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) for 11 coal-fired power plants was signed between the Ministry of Electric Power (MOEP) and local and international private companies in 2010, […]

Provocative Facebook posts may be banned ahead of Myanmar elections

YANGON: The Myanmar government will join hands with Facebook to remove any posts that may incite violence during the upcoming election campaign period. The country is set to go to the polls on Nov 8. Due to an increase in Facebook and mobile phone users across the country, authorities said they are concerned some netizens […]

Election Has Speculative Land Purchasers Running

Investors are closely watching the 2015 elections, as this uncertainty has led the real estate market to slow down over 50 percent from last year, according to an official from the Myanmar Real Estate Service Association. “The market is cooling down due to the election, but we need to watch things carefully after 2015 also,” […]