Category: Myanmar

Voting ends in Myanmar election

Ref:Polling stations have closed in Myanmar’s first elections in 20 years, amid a barrage of criticism that the balloting was rigged in favor of the ruling military.

At least six parties have lodged complaints with the election commission claiming fraud


The junta-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) has not said when the results will be announced, saying only that they could come “in time”.
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Voting under way in Myanmar

Ref: Polls have opened under tight security in Myanmar’s first election in 20 years, but few expect it to bring any real change in power, with the military and its proxies likely to dominate parliament and senior positions.

Analysts say a low voter turnout was a possibility in Sunday's elections


In the commercial hub of Yangon on Sunday, armed riot police stood guard at near-empty polling booths or patrolled streets in convoys of military trucks, part of a clampdown that includes bans on foreign media and on outside election monitors.
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Polls open in Myanmar's first election in 20 years

Ref: Polls opened under tight security in Myanmar’s first election in 20 years Sunday, a scripted vote that assures army-backed parties an easy win but brings a hint of parliamentary politics to the isolated, oppressive state.

Polls open in Myanmar's first election in 20 years

Polls open in Myanmar's first election in 20 years


The carefully choreographed end of direct army rule, marred by complex rules that stifled major pro-democracy forces, entered its final stage in a race largely between two powerful military-backed parties running virtually unopposed. Read more →

Cyclone ' Cyclone 'weakens, crosses over to Myanmar

Ref: Cyclone ‘Giri’ crossed over to Myanmar about 155 km south-east of Teknaf with wind speed reaching up to 180 km per hour in the early hours of Saturday, the Met office said.
But it was gradually weakening as it headed northeast over Myanmar.
Weather department official Sanaul Haque confirmed bdnews24.com about the cyclone’s progress around 8.30am on Saturday.

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Myanmar leader's India visit draws rights criticism

Ref: Myanmar’s military ruler General Than Shwe has arrived in India for a controversial five-day visit, which has been condemned by rights groups.

The junta leader is expected to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on a trip that marks India’s desire to strengthen trade links with its neighbour. Read more →