The joint parliamentary constitution review committee expects to meet the January 31 deadline for submitting its long-awaited report to the Pyiduangsu Hluttaw, Mizzima was told on January 29.

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Opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was forced to address a rally from the back of a truck in the Shan State capital, Taunggyi, on January 26 after being denied permission to use an airfield owned by the military.

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The Office of the President has allocated 7 billion kyats to the peace talks between the government and Myanmar’s armed ethnic groups.

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The National Unity Party wants female candidates to stand in more than half of Myanmar’s 330 constituencies in the 2015 election, says a member of its central executive committee.

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The government plans to reduce military spending to 12.26% of the budget in the financial year beginning April 1, down from 13.66% in the 2013-2014 financial year, parliament has been told.

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National League for Democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi says ability will be the main criteria used by the party to select candidates for the 2015 election, but where there was no difference in competence, members of ethnic minorities would be given priority.