What Another NLD Victory Means for Myanmar and the World

The ruling National League for Democracy (NLD)’s election victory is no longer breaking news. But it’s important to understand why the NLD won another landslide victory, what it means for the people of Myanmar and what message the world should take from it. The landslide victory was the third for the NLD under Daw Aung […]

Suu Kyi’s Myanmar election win fails to excite foreign investors

YANGON — Aung San Suu Kyi’s landslide Myanmar election win this month triggered a frenzy of excitement among her supporters, but it was met with cool shrugs by many foreign governments and investors seeking economic and political reform. On the polling day of Nov. 8, voters lined up from early morning to cast their ballots […]

USDP’s Call to Re-Run General Election Doesn’t Reflect Military View: Spokesman

Naypyitaw — Myanmar military or Tatmadaw spokesman Major General Zaw Min Tun has steered clear of the Union Solidarity and Development Party’s (USDP) call to re-run the Nov. 8 general election. The spokesman said the party’s call for re-running the election in coordination with the military does not reflect the Tatmadaw’s view. The USDP, which […]

ANALYSIS: Suu Kyi’s election win to boost China-Myanmar ties, hasten economic recovery

HONG KONG, Nov 12 – The imminent victory of the ruling party in Myanmar’s general elections will help consolidate bilateral relations between Myanmar and China, with analysts expecting China to play an important role in its neighbor’s economic recovery. The National League for Democracy, or NLD, led by State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, is […]

Myanmar to hold general election on Nov 8

YANGON: Myanmar will hold its next general election on Nov 8, the country’s election commission announced on Wednesday (Jul 1), in a test for the country’s fledgling democratic government led by Aung San Suu Kyi. The Nobel laureate ushered her National League for Democracy (NLD) to a landslide victory in 2015 polls after five decades […]

Facebook forms team to monitor use in Myanmar ahead of election

Facebook has formed a team to monitor the use of the social media in Myanmar, especially with the upcoming 2020 general elections, a spokesperson for the US-based social media and technology company said. “We also know that we must protect people from those who attempt to spread hate and misinformation,” she told the Myanmar Times. […]

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 […]