The Irrawaddy speaks with Phyo Wai Yarzar, chairman of the Myanmar Tourism Marketing Committee, about the future of Burma’s tourism industry.
The Irrawaddy speaks with Kyaw Zaw Oo, the independent MP-elect for Sittwe Constituency 2 in the Arakan State Parliament, about the policies he plans to put forth and his vision for the troubled state capital. A former member of the RNDP and Arakan National Party (ANP), Kyaw Zaw Oo surpassed his rivals from major parties […]
The Irrawaddy speaks with La Nan, a spokesperson for the KIA, about the recent conflict in Kachin State’s Mohnyin District.
Though work remains, Union Election Commission (UEC) chairman Tin Aye is happy to say the bulk of his mandate is now behind him, with Burma holding a general election on Nov. 8 that has been largely recognized as a successful exercise of democratic processes. As the arbiter of what was billed as the country’s best […]
Kyaw Zwa Moe: Welcome to Dateline Irrawaddy. Burma’s general election was held just a couple of days ago. Though the full results of the election have yet to be determined, it is fair to say that the election will be a victory for the people. But at the same time, the politics of our country […]
At 4pm on Sunday, Burma’s long-awaited vote wound down smoothly in polling stations nationwide, but the story doesn’t end there. Results are expected to trickle out over the next week, and it will be months until the newly elected legislatures take the reins and form a new government. In the midst of this historic event, […]
On the eve of Burma’s historic general election, The Irrawaddy reposts a condensed interview with the chairman of the country’s electoral body, Tin Aye, to remind readers of his pledges to ensure a free and fair election when more than 33 million Burmese voters go to the polls on Sunday. The Irrawaddy’s English-language editor Kyaw […]
With Friday marking the last day of the campaign period ahead of Burma’s Nov. 8 general election, candidates from the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) in Naypyidaw held simultaneous morning rallies in each of the capital’s eight townships. Hla Htay Win, the recently retired chief of general staff for the Burma Army, Navy […]
Kyaw Zwa Moe: Welcome to Dateline Irrawaddy. It is just four days from election today as we film this week’s edition. Voters seem to be eager to cast their ballots, but at the same time they are concerned that power will not be transferred. We’ll discuss to what extent the coming election will be free […]
Aye Maung is the chairman of the Arakan National Party (ANP), the largest political party in Arakan State of Myanmar after the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) and the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD). The ANP is contesting 29 seats in the Arakan State legislature and 34 seats in Union Parliament. In […]
The Irrawaddy speaks with the KNDO’s David Thakapaw about the peace deal recently signed by other factions within the Karen political leadership.
Managing director of the Mandine Real Estate Agency Than Oo discusses Burma’s real estate market, which has been seeing a cool-down ahead of the election.
Mya Theingi Maw, a 31-year-old candidate for the National League for Democracy (NLD), is contesting a seat in the Mon State Parliament for Mudon Township, 25 kilometers south of state capital Moulmein. In 2000, she joined the NLD at the age of 16 as a youth coordinator and has spent her working life in durian […]
Richard Horsey is a former International Labour Organization representative to Burma now working as an independent political analyst and adviser to the International Crisis Group. He recently spoke with The Irrawaddy’s Kyaw Zwa Moe and Kyaw Phyo Tha about what observers can expect from Burma’s upcoming election. How is the upcoming election different from the […]
Seasoned Kachin human rights lawyer Mar Khar, who represents many of Kachin State’s cases related to allegations of military abuses, will contest the Nov. 8 general election for a seat in the state parliament. He will run for a state legislature position in Myitkyina Constituency No.1, where he will be a candidate for the Kachin […]
On this week’s edition of Dateline Irrawaddy, the panel discusses the role of artists and musicians in political campaigning.
Phyu Phyu Nyunt is a Rangoon regional parliament candidate for the National Unity Party (NUP) in Mingalar Taung Nyunt Township’s constituency 2. She has worked in the Ministry of Cooperatives and as a lawyer. Way back in 1977, the now 61-year-old candidate joined the Burma Socialist Programme Party (BSPP) of former strongman Ne Win. The […]
Less than two weeks before Burma’s general election, the Union Election Commission (UEC) has announced that the poll will not be held in two more townships and an additional 50 village tracts in Shan State. The commission announced on Tuesday that the election will not be held in the entirety of Mong Hsu and Kyethi […]
Kyaw Zwa Moe: Welcome to Dateline Irrawaddy. The general election is less than three weeks from now. At this point in time, political parties competing in the poll are campaigning intensely. Of the 92 political parties contesting the election, the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) and the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) […]
Pa-O National Liberation Organization chairman Khun Myint Htun discusses the armed group’s decision to sign the government’s ceasefire agreement.