The Lower House passed a draft law making it easier for the Health Ministry to introduce containment measures during epidemics and boosting punishments for violators.
US$7.5 million removed from military’s extra budget request, marking the first time the armed forces’ full spending request has been denied by the NLD government.
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.
Myanmar will obtain $200 million in loans from the World Bank to fund a post-COVID-19 recovery for the agriculture sector, a deputy minister told Parliament.
The Irrawaddy briefs you on the week that was in the national legislature.
A US$50 million loan from the World Bank will be used to improve the country’s health care systems and support the fight against COVID-19.
China’s defense spending is set to rise 6.6 percent from last year in 2020, amid a steep contraction in the country’s economy due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
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.
Parliament is set to debate a new law on communicable disease control that will create a central committee to tackle outbreaks and boost punishments for violators.
China’s parliament will begin its key annual meeting on May 22 after a delay of more than two months due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The results of the recent parliamentary voting on charter change show us there is only person in the country who can change the Constitution.
On Parliament’s final day of voting on proposed constitutional amendments, the NLD’s bid to scrap immunity for former junta members was voted down.
The NLD’s bid to scrap charter provisions giving the military sole responsibility for all armed forces and ‘safeguarding the nation’ fell short in parliamentary voting.