The Parliament voted down a proposal by military-backed and military-appointed lawmakers on Monday to impeach the house speaker over the recent constitutional reform process.
The MPs have called for the Parliament Speaker to be removed over his handling of the charter change debate and for allegedly failing to fulfill his duties.
The loan was approved by Parliament on Wednesday and will cover 20 percent of Myanmar’s deficit for the year as spending increases due to impacts of COVID-19.
Lawmakers and ministers debated whether the proposed budget to cover the cost of the ICJ defense was in line with laws and procedures.
The Irrawaddy briefs you on the week that was in the national legislature.
During a call on Wednesday, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Myanmar President U Win Myint discussed how to speed up cooperation on Belt and Road Initiative projects.
Myanmar lawmakers have approved a request by the Election Commission to indefinitely postpone a referendum on charter amendments, citing its estimated $10-million cost.
The Election Commission has removed Arakan National Party founder Dr. Aye Maung from the list of MPs and barred him from future elections due to his treason conviction.
The Myanmar government is following through on its threats to punish anyone who spreads fake news about COVID-19 as authorities arrested a man on Saturday for a Facebook post.
The Mandalay government has banned a bus company for violating a mandate to reduce crowding in order to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The Myanmar President has appointed Col. Htein Lin, a former military lawmaker and Rakhine State security and border affairs minister, as a peace adviser.
Bo Kyi spent eight years in a Myanmar prison, including a year in solitary confinement, for political activism. He has some advice to help get us through our COVID-19 isolation.
Following Monday’s arrest of the VOM editor-in-chief, police on Tuesday questioned journalists from two other news organizations over their reporting on the Arakan Army.
Myanmar’s military is not the only force with the discipline to take on COVID-19, as doctors, nurses and journalists work on the frontlines to protect the lives of citizens.
ASEAN leaders must do more to coordinate their efforts to combat COVID-19 as each country’s health depends on that of its neighbors.