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  • August 29, 2015

    'Crisis panel' cannot run nation: CDC

    THE PROPOSED National Strategic Reform and Reconciliation Committee would not interfere with any future government, as its scope of power is clearly stipulated in the draft charter, the Constitution Drafting Committee said. CDC spokesman Kamnoon Sidhisamarn yesterday told the media that Article 261 of...

    Politics
  • August 28, 2015

    Myanmar democracy on hold as both sides scramble for power

    ..., but an undemocratic scramble on both sides of the political spectrum does not bode well for the country's future. Myanmar's main opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), is facing an internal revolt over its decision to choose candidates who are not supported by regional party organisations...

    Opinion
  • August 28, 2015

    New charter is progressive, drafters say

    "The foremost purpose of the draft is to reinforce citizens. We tried to get the people prepared to have important roles in the national administration," said Pakorn Preeyakorn, spokesman of the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC). In a meeting with the press, Pakorn said the drafters didn't just want...

    Politics
  • August 28, 2015

    Drafters fulfil 10 designated requirements

    Those requirements appear in Article 35 of the post-coup interim charter, in force after the military seized power from an elected government in May last year. Some of them did not exist in the previous 2007 Constitution. Last week, the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) submitted the final charter...

    Politics
  • August 28, 2015

    Myanmar spirit festival offers rare space for gay community

    ... 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the central city of Mandalay, draws thousands of revellers each year in search of karmic reward as well as all-night parties. A belief in the power of spirits has long co-existed with religion in Buddhist-majority Myanmar with their influence thought to stretch over everything...

    Aec
  • August 27, 2015

    CDC defends five-year 'transitional system'

    ... full-fledged democracy. It has seen the constitution torn up twice, and the government fall under a military regime. So, looking to the left, people will see a failed full-fledged democracy, while looking to the right, they will see a coup waiting. To chart a course out of such a dilemma, the CDC...

    Politics
  • August 27, 2015

    Pheu Thai submits opposition to draft charter to NRC

    Former Chiang Rai MP Samart Kaewmeecha, former party-list MP Chavalit Witchayasutthi and acting deputy party secretary general Preechapol Pongpanit submitted the letter to NRC President Thienchay Kiranandana. Samart said the draft would continue to suppress the people by perpetuating the power of the National Council for...

    Breakingnews
  • August 26, 2015

    Prayut irritated by attacks on charter draft as vote nears

    Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva is the latest political figure to have openly slammed the draft, saying such a constitution would result in a "dual state" administration.The NRC is scheduled to vote on the draft on September 6. Last week, former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra and the Pheu...

    Politics
  • August 25, 2015

    Pluralism was winner in Lanka's edgy polls

    ... perspectives, there is cause to feel relieved that Rajapaksa found little success again, as in January. Victory went to the rival United National Party (UNP) and its leader, Ranil Wickremesinghe, a pillar of the Colombo elite and a nephew of the late president JR Jayewardene, Sri Lanka's leader in the early...

    Opinion
  • August 25, 2015

    Myanmar's military chief says armed forces will respect vote

    ... was not recognised by the military. The 2010 ballot was widely seen as rigged and boycotted by the NLD. Myanmarโ s military ceded power to a quasi-civilian government in 2011, ending 49 years of military rule but the military still looms large in the countryโ s political arena. ...

    Aec