Myanmar drops charges against nearly 200 political activists: police

Apr 9, 2016

Myanmar drops charges against nearly 200 political activists: police

Myanmar authorities have dropped charges against nearly 200 political activists since Aung San Suu Kyi pledged to fight for their freedom, a senior police officer said Saturday. The cases were dismissed Friday, he said, following Suu Kyi’s announcement the day before that she was ...

Mar 31, 2016

Kishida plans Myanmar visit to forge closer ties

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida plans to visit Myanmar in late April to bolster ties with the country after its first democratically elected government in more than 50 years took office Wednesday, government sources said. Kishida is expected to meet democracy icon Aung San Suu ...

Suu Kyi nominated for Myanmar Cabinet post: speaker

Mar 22, 2016

Suu Kyi nominated for Myanmar Cabinet post: speaker

Aung San Suu Kyi was nominated to join the Cabinet in Myanmar’s incoming government Tuesday, giving the democracy veteran a formal position in the administration, despite being blocked from the presidency. The Nobel laureate, who has vowed to rule above the next president, Htin ...

Hopes and hurdles await new Myanmar government

Mar 21, 2016

Hopes and hurdles await new Myanmar government

Nestled among towers of moldering paperwork, the few flickering computer screens at Myanmar’s information ministry are a sign that change is afoot, and nervous bureaucrats expect more to come under the first civilian government in decades. A novice administration led by Aung San Suu ...

Suu Kyi to control Myanmar government, party spokesman says

Mar 21, 2016

Suu Kyi to control Myanmar government, party spokesman says

She is unlikely to take a formal role in Myanmar’s government, but pro-democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi will steer the incoming government of her National League for Democracy (NLD), the party said on Sunday. She will stay on as party head. Myanmar’s parliament ...

Myanmar's new president is an unlikely leader

Mar 15, 2016

Myanmar's new president is an unlikely leader

For years he walked alongside Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, a quiet confidant in her campaign for democracy in Myanmar. On Tuesday, with her blessing, Htin Kyaw became the country’s president. A soft-spoken man with a penchant for literature and writing, Htin Kyaw ...

Mar 15, 2016

Is Myanmar's new president just a puppet for Suu Kyi?

Myanmar’s parliament on Tuesday elects a new president as the head of the country’s first democratically elected government, but it will not be Aung San Suu Kyi, the face of the country’s decades-long struggle against military rule. Here is why: What prevented Suu Kyi? ...