The military regime’s snap closure of the border with Thailand reflects its poor handling of the COVID-19 response, migrant rights groups say, but the Thai government and employers are also making life difficult for workers.
As tensions peaked between Karen and Bamar in early 1949, Burmese irregular forces committed a series of mass killings on the outskirts of the then-capital that have never been officially acknowledged.
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The support of a relatively homogenous ethnic group, community-wide mobilisation and clear messaging were among the reasons for the MUP’s impressive election debut.
In a rare find, scientists have identified a new species of primate, a lithe tree-dweller living in the forests of central Myanmar with a mask-like face framed by a shock of unruly grey hair.
The US-based election monitor found “no majority irregularities” during voting and counting but criticised flaws in the legal framework that limit democracy in Myanmar.
Party chair U Than Htay has challenged the fairness of Sunday’s election and urged the public to send in evidence of fraud, while some USDP candidates are also refusing to sign off on the results.
The 33-year-old was one of just two Muslims out of more than 1,100 candidates for Aung San Suu Kyi’s ruling National League for Democracy party.
A higher-than-expected turnout appears to have put the National League for Democracy on course for a massive victory, including in the ethnic states where newly newly merged ethnic parties had been tipped to perform well.
The state will continue to be the country’s biggest political anomaly, with the ruling party trailing both the USDP and SNLD.