Japanese envoy Yohei Sasakawa tells The Irrawaddy he is disappointed with the Union Election Commission for not acting on his advice that voting can be held in Rakhine.
Rev. Dr. Hkalam Samson tells The Irrawaddy he urged the Tatmadaw chief to make the military’s demining efforts in Kachin the basis for further peacebuilding with rebels.
Karen environmentalist Saw Paul Sein Twa, winner of the 2020 Goldman Environmental Prize, talks to The Irrawaddy about the Salween Peace Park and his future plans.
Ichiro Maruyama also revealed Japan’s key role in bringing AA, Tatmadaw and government together to set in motion a Rakhine State election.
Shan Nationalities League for Democracy spokesman Sai Leik says the new government should offer jobs to ethnic political leaders and devolve powers away from Naypyitaw.
As Myanmar prepares to vote, The Irrawaddy asks international observers who have been following the country’s political issues for years for their views on the Nov. 8 election.
As Myanmar prepares to vote, The Irrawaddy asks David Mathieson, an independent analyst and researcher on Myanmar affairs, for his views on the Nov. 8 election.
As Myanmar prepares to vote, The Irrawaddy asks Priscilla Clapp, a former US diplomat and long-term observer of Myanmar, for her views on the Nov. 8 election.
As Myanmar prepares to go to the polls, The Irrawaddy asks Thai journalist Kavi Chongkittavorn, an expert in regional politics, for his views on the Nov. 8 election.
As Myanmar prepares to vote, The Irrawaddy asks Bertil Lintner, a veteran journalist and author of several books on Myanmar, for his views on November’s election.
As Myanmar prepares to vote, The Irrawaddy asks David Steinberg, a former lecturer and author of many books on the country, for his views on the Nov. 8 election.
The head of the NLD’s Naypyitaw chapter discusses the intense electoral battle for control of the capital, campaigning amid COVID-19 and the challenge of military voters.
From freedom of belief to standing for election, Myanmar Muslims still face obstacles; they said they will support a force that values human rights and democracy.
The military’s spokesman, Major General Zaw Min Tun, tells The Irrawaddy that thousands of civilians could be quarantined on military land across Myanmar.
The Shan State Kokang Democratic Party will field seven candidates in the Nov. 8 election; it vows to boost health and education in the Kokang Self-Administered Region.