Burma’s Power Blackout Struggle

The recent protests to demand 24-hour electricity in the wake of frequent power blackouts in Mandalay and Rangoon demonstrates that Burma’s new reformist government needs to provide clear answers to this urgent matter sooner rather than later.

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Who Will Replace Tin Aung Myint Oo?

The abrupt resignation of Burmese Vice-President Tin Aung Myint Oo has forced the government to hold several private meetings to find a suitable replacement candidate.

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A Step in the Right Direction

It came as a big relief to many Burmese when the National League for Democracy (NLD) announced on Monday that it would take its seats in Parliament despite its objections to the wording a swearing-in oath that pledged to “safeguard” the military-drafted 2008 Constitution.

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NLD’s Principled Stance Could Backfire

The latest dilemma of Burma’s main opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) party regarding whether or not its elected MPs should take the parliamentary oath to “protect” the Constitution has stirred up debate both inside and outside of the country.

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An Old Spook Revives Ghosts of Burma’s Past

The press conference held by Burma’s Special Branch on Wednesday to counter an interview with former secret police chief Khin Nyunt published by The Bangkok Post last Sunday demonstrates that the country’s political transition remains

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Who’s the Real Winner in Burma’s By-elections?

The victory of the main opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) party led by Aung San Suu Kyi should not come as a surprise despite widespread irregularities and the initial fear that the poll would not be free and fair.

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The Election Game

Election fever is gripping Burma ahead of Sunday’s vote. Only 45 parliamentary seats are up for grabs, but providing that voting goes to plan, it seems clear that the main opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), will win a majority of those.

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