UNFC and State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi’s desperate move

What has happened on March 30 when State counselor Aung San Suu Kyi hurriedly issued a statement on the heels of her televised speech assessment of the first year, anniversary of National League for Democracy (NLD) coming to power, is a desperate move to show or take credit that her administration is achieving positive result after all.

ETHNIC ALLIANCE IN THE LIMBO: UNFC disintegration accelerated by NMSP moves?

For weeks, since the Panghsang or Pangkham meeting of seven, non-signatory of Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) Ethnic Armed Organizations (EAOs) at the United Wa State Party/Army (UWSP/UWSA) headquarters, in February, the further existence of the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) has been called into question, as its two strongest members, the Kachin Independence Organization/Army (KIO/KIA) and the Shan State Progress Party/Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA) were participants of the gathering, where “a new peace process approach”, rather the present NCA-based negotiation pattern was advocated, with the formation of “political negotiation committee – interim” poised to negotiate with the government, on a new track.

NAMING PROBLEM: A bridge too far in Mon State?

With the United Nationalities Alliance (UNA) taking up position on the naming of the bridge as “Bogyoke Aung San”, in Mon State known as “Thanlwin” bridge, the controversial issue has taken an active spin, which was followed by a massive protest on March 19 Sunday,  to keep to the old name that is preferred by the local people.

A Costly Sideshow to Reform

As the National League for Democracy (NLD)-led government prepares for another round of historic peace talks later this month, ethnic Mon leaders are planning the second protest in as many weeks over the party’s policies. But the anger simmering in the state has nothing to do with disarmament, profit-sharing or other intractable issues of multiparty peace negotiations. No, the thing that the NLD has done to upset a broad swath of the Mon people is to name a bridge.

HURDLES IN SHAN STATE: Shan State Army-Tatmadaw armed engagement, ceasefire monitoring debacles and Shan National Conference

The armed conflict in Kokang that started out on March 6 and at this writing is still continuing has captured major attention domestically and as well internationally. But parallel to this, a little less known war erupted between the Military or Tatmadaw and the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA) recently, on March 7, needs to be discussed or taken into account. Because this is a serious challenge facing the mechanism of Joint Ceasefire Monitoring Committee – Union (JMC-U), which is one of the basic important arm of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA)-based peace process and also affects the other arm, Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC), that is responsible to hold the 21st Century Panglong Conference (21CPC) or Union Peace Conference (UPC), under the Joint Implementation Coordinating Meeting (JICM) directive that is the highest organ in the implementation of the NCA.

New Mon State Chief Minister pledges to rebuild public’s trust in government

Newly appointed Mon State Chief Minister U Aye Zan scored his first major political victory in the 1990 election, when he was elected as a National League for Democracy member for Kyaikto Township. When the results of the election were annulled, U Aye Zan served as chair of the NLD’s Kyaikto office. In the 2015 election, 63-year-old U Aye Zan contested and won the Kyaikto [Township] No. 2 seat in Mon State Hluttaw.

Current women’s political affairs in Myanmar parliaments

Myanmar is in a period of democratic transition after the 2015 General Election. The new citizen government led this democratic state since April 2016. It was a historic moment for Myanmar to have a people's leader after several decades of the dictatorship era. Although, several transformational changes in the new citizen led government era have been in the making, there are a variety of challenges and human rights violation issues still remain.

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