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 ...

Mar 17, 2016

Conflict-plagued Myanmar plans ethnic ministry

Myanmar’s incoming government announced plans Thursday to create a ministry for ethnic affairs, marking the importance it places on relations with minorities in a country scarred by festering civil wars and sectarian tensions. The move was contained within a wider civil service reform plan ...

Mar 17, 2016

China to push Myanmar's new government on stalled dam

China signalled on Thursday that it will push Myanmar’s new government to resume a controversial stalled dam project in the Southeast Asian country, saying the contract is still valid. Outgoing Myanmar President Thein Sein angered Beijing in 2011 by suspending the $3.6 billion, Chinese-invested ...

Mar 15, 2016

Thai trafficking trial opens amid fears for witnesses

The trial of 92 suspected human traffickers, arrested after the discovery of shallow graves of migrants in Thai jungle, began in Bangkok on Tuesday and the attorney-general’s office said it would be over within a year amid fears about the safety of witnesses. Traffickers ...

Mar 15, 2016

Japanese trading firms seen boosting their presence in Myanmar

Major Japanese trading houses are expanding their operations in Myanmar ahead of the incoming government lead by Aung San Suu Kyi at the end of this month. Mitsui & Co. and Marubeni Corp. both have launched projects to produce agricultural fertilizers locally, while Mitsubishi ...

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? ...

Mar 1, 2016

Myanmar brings forward date for presidential nominations

Myanmar will announce presidential nominations on March 10, the speaker of its upper house of parliament said on Tuesday, advancing the original date by a week, as a lengthy political transition enters its last stages. The news follows three meetings on the transition between ...