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    NLD believes Suu Kyi can be president

    News, Larry Jagan, Published on 23/11/2015

    » Myanmar's opposition leader is planning to be the country's next president after her party overwhelmingly won this month's polls. Although the constitution bars Aung San Suu Kyi from the position -- because she was married to a foreigner and her two children are foreign nationals -- she and her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), are preparing to nominate her when parliament convenes at the end of January.


    Ethnic parties give wake-up call to NLD

    News, Larry Jagan, Published on 06/11/2018

    » Analysts are poring over the results of Myanmar's by-elections which took place on Saturday, vainly trying to read the tea leaves, and perhaps reading too much into them. But it was certainly a wake-up call for both major parties -- the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) and the previous governing party, the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) -- but the lessons that can be drawn for the future are limited.


    Democratic era dawns on the generals

    News, Larry Jagan, Published on 10/11/2015

    » Aung San Suu Kyi and her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), are heading for a historic landslide victory in Sunday's elections. Although the official results are days away -- the charismatic pro-democracy leader seems certain to control the lower house, and may even have an absolute majority in the parliament as a whole.


    The final stage of Myanmar's path to democracy

    News, Larry Jagan, Published on 16/08/2019

    » Last week was the anniversary of Myanmar's mass pro-democracy demonstrations in August 1988, which brought the country to a standstill after its military leaders brutally reacted, resulting in heavy loss of life, and a coup. But 31 years on, the country's long struggle for democracy is far from over, as the country enters, perhaps, the final stage of transition.


    What's next after Yangon's constitutional reform?

    News, Larry Jagan, Published on 17/06/2019

    » Myanmar's ruling party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), is preparing for an audacious attempt to change the constitution. The final steps are being taken before the plans are revealed to the parliament and the people. But the changes and the process being rolled out by the civilian government will upset the military, and an acrimonious confrontation between them seems inevitable.


    Myanmar's peace hangs in the balance

    News, Larry Jagan, Published on 22/10/2018

    » Myanmar's peace process is finely balanced, after the latest round of talks failed to produce anything of substance. Sitting comfortably and very relaxed, the chairman of the Myanmar ethnic rebel group, the Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS), Yawd Serk was happy to offer his insights into the recent summit between the government and the leaders of the ethnic groups, which have signed the national ceasefire agreement (NCA). Reflecting on the meeting he simply said "very tense". The other ethnic leaders in attendance had a similar opinion: "high drama" according to one, on condition of anonymity.


    UN envoy averts possible military coup in Myanmar

    News, Larry Jagan, Published on 23/06/2018

    » A UN envoy has inadvertently acted as a peacemaker between Myanmar's top civilian leader, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and the army commander, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing. Tension between the two leaders has been simmering since their confrontation during a top-level security meeting two weeks ago over the government's handling of Rakhine, and the UN's role in the return of thousands of Muslim refugees who have fled to Bangladesh for safety.


    Civilian-led peace plan for restive Rakhine takes off

    News, Larry Jagan, Published on 26/10/2017

    » Aung San Suu Kyi's civilian-led initiative for Rakhine state is already up and running. Myanmar's business community has rallied around to back the government's plans, pledging financial support and promising to actively participate in restoring peace and stability to the strife-torn region in western Myanmar.


    The Lady between a rock and a hard place

    News, Larry Jagan, Published on 18/09/2017

    » Muslim Rohingya have fled across the border to Bangladesh from Myanmar in the past three weeks to escape the army's clearance operations. Human rights groups claim it is a "scorched earth" policy -- reminiscent of the military's traditional "four cuts" strategy for dealing with other conflict zones. About 3,000 houses have been razed to the ground, according to local activists.


    Suu Kyi, general try to heal differences

    News, Larry Jagan, Published on 13/02/2017

    » Myanmar's military chief Sen Gen Min Aung Hlaing and the country's top civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi -- the state counsellor and foreign minister -- have held a series of secret meetings over the last month or so. "These were unpublicised meetings, rather than secret meetings," according to senior members of the governing party, the National League for Democracy (NLD).

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