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November 2020 - Myanmar News
- Myanmar Military, Arakan Army Confirm Indirect Talks as Some Refugees Head Home Radio Free Asia 30 Nov 2020 -- Myanmar's military and the rebel Arakan Army are holding indirect talks through mediators to try to build on a three-week lull in fighting in Rakhine state since elections, spokesmen for the warring sides told RFA.
- Groups Urge Elections in Myanmar Conflict Zones That Missed Nov. 8 Voting Radio Free Asia 25 Nov 2020 -- Myanmar should hold make-up elections in areas where voting was cancelled this month due to armed conflicts and other security threats, including in Rakhine state, which has seen a halt in fighting since general elections, rights groups and residents said Wednesday.
- Reelected Myanmar Leader Faces Calls For Constitutional Change, Peace Drive Radio Free Asia 24 Nov 2020 -- Myanmar's ethnic political parties and armies have called on Aung San Suu Kyi to use her fresh election mandate to work toward her stated goal of federalism by amending the constitution to increase states' rights and ramping up peace talks to end the multiethnic country's long-running armed conflicts.
- Shooting Death of Newly Elected Myanmar Lawmaker Condemned as 'Lawless Act' Radio Free Asia 23 Nov 2020 -- Myanmar political parties and ethnic armies condemned the weekend shooting death of a newly elected ruling party member of parliament by unknown assailants in turbulent Shan state two weeks after a largely peaceful nationwide vote.
- Myanmar Urges Citizens to Limit Movements Amid Coronavirus Surge Radio Free Asia 20 Nov 2020 -- Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi and national health officials are urging people to limit trips outside their homes amid a surge in coronavirus infections in the developing Southeast Asian country, where large crowds defied COVID-19 restrictions by holding public gatherings to celebrate her party's victory following Nov. 8 general elections.
- Put Myanmar Army Back on UN Child Violations 'Shame' List, HRW Says Radio Free Asia 19 Nov 2020 -- Myanmar's military should be put back on the United Nations secretary-general's "list of shame" for grave violations against children in the conflict in Rakhine state between the government military and a rebel ethnic army, Human Rights Watch said.
- New Parties Gain Little Traction in Shadow of Myanmar Ruling Party Radio Free Asia 19 Nov 2020 -- Myanmar's new political parties fared more poorly than they had hoped in this month's elections, winning no seats at the national level in a landslide victory for the ruling party â€” a showing analysts put down to coronavirus campaign restrictions and the insurmountable influence of leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
- Aung San Suu Kyi Vows to Sort Out COVID-19 Relief Snags For Myanmar's Poor Radio Free Asia 17 Nov 2020 -- Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has vowed to resolve delays in COVID-19 relief cash assistance for low-income families amid a growing public outcry and some protests over glitches in the popular assistance program.
- Myanmar Pours Cold Water on Fresh Rohingya Repatriation Talks Radio Free Asia 17 Nov 2020 -- Myanmar is not ready to join Bangladesh and China in talks on the repatriation of some 740,000 Rohingya refugees from Bangladeshi camps, a senior Naypyidaw diplomat said Tuesday, after Dhaka expressed hope for movement on the dispute following Myanmar's elections.
- Aung San Suu Kyi, NLD Win Second Landslide Election in Myanmar VOA 15 Nov 2020 -- Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi and her ruling National League for Democracy have clinched a second consecutive landslide win in national elections, though analysts still expect slow going for democratic reforms and peace talks in the war-torn country.
- Bangladesh to Move Rohingya Refugees From Remote, Flood-Prone Island Radio Free Asia 13 Nov 2020 -- About 300 Rohingya refugees who were taken to a Bay of Bengal island in May will be moved to Cox's Bazar in mainland Bangladesh so they can be reunited with their relatives, a senior foreign ministry official told BenarNews on Friday.
- Myanmar's Ruling Party Secures Parliamentary Majority After General Vote, Election Comission Says Sputnik 13 Nov 2020 -- Myanmar's ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party, led by State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, has obtained 346 out of 412 seats declared parliamentary seats so far following the November 8 general elections and thus gained a majority to form a government, the country's Union Election Commission (UEC) said on Friday.
- Rebels Call For Election in Parts of Myanmar's Rakhine Denied Vote Radio Free Asia 12 Nov 2020 -- The rebel army fighting a two-year war against Myanmar government forces in Rakhine state issued an appeal Thursday to hold "by-elections" in conflict areas where 1.2 million voters were not allowed to vote in weekend general elections, winning a rare nod of approval from the military.
- Myanmar Election Authorities Reject Opposition Complaints About Vote Radio Free Asia 11 Nov 2020 -- Myanmar's general elections were conducted "freely and fairly" and accepted by most parties, the country's electoral authorities said Wednesday â€” rejecting calls from the military-backed opposition for a new vote as partial tallies showed a big victory for leader Aung San Su Kyi's ruling party.
- Myanmar's opposition wants 'new, disciplined election' in cooperation with the military Press TV 11 Nov 2020 -- Myanmar's main opposition has called for a re-run of the parliamentary elections under the supervision of the military amid Aung San Suu Kyi's ruling party victory in what has been called "unfair" polls.
- Myanmar Military Launches Body For Talks With Ethnic Armies as Vote Count Goes On Radio Free Asia 10 Nov 2020 -- Moving before an outcome is declared in elections expected to return Myanmar's ruling party to power, the country's military has unveiled a permanent committee "to continue peace talks as quickly as possible" with ethnic armies that have been fighting the central government for decades.
- Two Myanmar nationals in Yunnan border town test positive for COVID-19, 66 schools suspended Global Times 10 Nov 2020 -- Two Myanmar nationals tested positive for COVID-19 when staying in quarantine at a designated location in Mengding town of Southwest China's Yunnan Province, the Yunnan authority announced on Monday. They were diagnosed as asymptomatic cases and epidemiological investigations are underway.
- Myanmar's ruling party wins elections amid disenfranchisement criticism Press TV 10 Nov 2020 -- Myanmar's ruling party, whose reputation with the outside world has been tarnished due to a heavy-handed crackdown on the Rohingya Muslims, has won the general elections.
- Myanmar Ruling Party Predicts It Has Won New Five-Year Mandate Radio Free Asia 09 Nov 2020 -- Myanmar's ruling National League for Democracy won enough parliamentary seats in Sunday's general elections to allow leader Aung San Suu Kyi to form a new government, a party spokesman said Monday as NLD supporters staged celebrations in major cities.
- Suu Kyi's party claims landslide victory in Myanmar's elections Press TV 09 Nov 2020 -- Myanmar's ruling party, led by de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, says it has secured enough seats in the parliament to form the next government.
- Burma's Parliamentary Elections US Dept. of State 09 Nov 2020 -- The United States recognizes that Burma's parliamentary elections, the second competitive national election since the end of military rule, mark an important step in the country's democratic transition.
- Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi Seen Prevailing After Enthusiastic Vote Radio Free Asia 08 Nov 2020 -- Myanmar voters braved long lines Sunday and were expected to return Aung San Suu Kyi and her ruling National League for Democracy to power in a country racked with civil war and struggling with a surge in the coronavirus pandemic.
- Myanmar votes in general elections amid exclusion of Rohingya Muslims Press TV 08 Nov 2020 -- People in Myanmar have voted in the country's general elections, with Aung San Suu Kyi's political party widely expected to win as her government excluded thousands of voters from the ethnic Rohingya group.
- Myanmar's farmers battle climate and health uncertainty UN News 08 Nov 2020 -- For farmers in Myanmar, the COVID-19 pandemic is adding to growing unpredictability, in a sector already struggling to cope with the effects of climate change. The UN is working closely with the country's government to help them to adapt and thrive.
- UN chief hopes Myanmar poll would help return of persecuted Rohingya Press TV 06 Nov 2020 -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed hope that the November 8 general elections in Myanmar would open the door for the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees "in safety and dignity."
- War-torn Rakhine State Seen as Trouble Spot in Myanmar Election Radio Free Asia 06 Nov 2020 -- Myanmar's Rakhine state has emerged as a problem area in the run-up to national elections on Sunday, with voting cancelled in conflict zones, a raging COVID-19 pandemic, disenfranchisement of Muslim Rohingya and a ballot scandal.
- UN chief calls for 'peaceful, orderly and credible' elections in Myanmar UN News 06 Nov 2020 -- Ahead of elections in Myanmar on 8 November, UN Secretary-General AntÃ³nio Guterres has stated his hope that the vote would help advance "inclusive sustainable development" across the country.
- Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi Seen Extending Mandate in Sunday's Vote Radio Free Asia 06 Nov 2020 -- Aung San Suu Kyi's domestic popularity is expected to propel her party to victory in Myanmar's national elections on Sunday despite the damage caused to her global reputation over the expulsion of Rohingya Muslims and her defense of army atrocities in an international genocide trial.
- Myanmar Military Chief Urges Troops to Vote in Support of Three 'National Causes' Radio Free Asia 05 Nov 2020 -- Myanmar's armed forces and their families can "cast their votes freely" in national elections this weekend, but should back candidates that support the military's "Three Main National Causes," the country's powerful defense chief said Thursday as concerns arose about secrecy of army voting lists.
- Myanmar Military-Government War of Words in Run-up to Vote Raises Concerns Radio Free Asia 04 Nov 2020 -- Myanmar's civilian government pushed back Wednesday at blunt criticism from the powerful military chief over preparations for weekend elections, with the office of the president saying Senior General Min Aung Hlaing had created "instability" and broken a law banning partisanship by public officials.
- Hate Speech Among Military Party's Supporters on The Rise Ahead of Myanmar Election Radio Free Asia 04 Nov 2020 -- Supporters of Myanmar's military-aligned opposition party have been spreading hate speech at increasing levels on the campaign trail leading up to the country's general election this weekend, a London-based rights group alleged Wednesday.
- Myanmar Military Chief Hits Out at Election Mismanagement Ahead of Vote Radio Free Asia 03 Nov 2020 -- Myanmar's powerful military chief has upbraided the government and electoral authorities days before Sunday's vote, saying the civilian administration is responsible for "weakness and deficiencies" in poll management that could hurt the "image of the election."
- UN expert urges Myanmar not to undermine 'very lifeblood of democracy' ahead of polls UN News 03 Nov 2020 -- An independent UN human rights expert has called on the Government and military of Myanmar to stop persecuting opposition supporters, including journalists and student protesters, ahead of next week's general elections.
- UN Says Myanmar's Discriminatory Laws Cast Doubt on Fairness of Elections VOA 01 Nov 2020 -- The U.N. human rights office warns Myanmar's discriminatory citizenship and electoral laws cast doubt on the fairness of next week's general elections, putting the country's professed transition to democracy at risk.
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