Singapore carriers exploring possibility of multi-city flights within Myanmar

YANGON – Singapore is looking to introduce multi-city flights within Myanmar by its carriers Singapore Air or Silkair, as part of a series of ways the two countries can cooperate more closely. PM Lee Hsien Loong gave these updates on Wednesday (June 8) at a reception with Singaporeans in Yangon at Sedona Hotel, built by […]

Trusted NLD veteran set to be next Myanmar president

Sixty-nine-year-old Htin Kyaw, a trusted veteran of the National League for Democracy (NLD) and long-time family friend of party leader Aung San Suu Kyi, is set to become Myanmar’s next president after being nominated by the party. His name was read out in the Lower House yesterday morning, in a culmination of weeks of speculation […]

Amid transition, Myanmar’s Senior General emerges from the shadows

Like many of his generation, the head of Myanmar’s powerful military is a recent but enthusiastic convert to Facebook. On his profile background picture, the commander-in-chief gives a “thumbs up” from the cockpit of an airplane. Posts show him celebrating new year in a traditional boar tusk headdress and visiting wounded soldiers. YANGON: Like many […]

UN Hails Myanmar’s Historic New Parliament

The UN has added its powerful voice of support for the dramatic leadership changes happening now at all levels in Myanmar’s government. When U.Thant of Burma (now Myanmar) was elected UN Secretary-General back in November 1962, he was the first Asian to hold that post after Trygve Lie of Norway and Dag Hammarskjold of Sweden. […]

Myanmar president hails ‘triumph’ of democratic transition

President Thein Sein hailed the “triumph” of Myanmar’s transition of power Thursday, addressing a military-dominated parliament for the final time before a handover to Aung San Suu Kyi’s pro-democracy movement. The Southeast Asian nation, choked for decades under junta rule, is on the cusp of a remarkable political transition after Suu Kyi’s National League for […]

Suu Kyi’s novice MPs learn ropes in outgoing Myanmar parliament

Hundreds of newly-elected Myanmar MPs from Aung San Suu Kyi’s party took lessons in lawmaking from the outgoing army-dominated parliament on Wednesday (Jan 27), days before taking their seats in the most democratic legislature for decades. A landslide victory for Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) in November polls will give the politicians their […]

Myanmar’s army picks its lawmakers in next transition step

Myanmar army chief Min Aung Hlaing nominated military officers to their posts, another step by the army in what has so far surprised many as a remarkably peaceful transition.   YANGON: Myanmar army chief Min Aung Hlaing nominated military officers, who hold a quarter of seats in parliament, to their posts, state media said on […]

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 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 or India: Difficult choice for new Myanmar government

Even as the Aung San Suu Kyi-led National League for Democracy (NLD) is expected to form a new government in Myanmar, China has lost no time in diagnosing the import of the party’s victory and is all set to recalibrate its policy towards the country to steal a march over India towards gaining a deeper […]