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Apr 26, 2012

Myanmar parliament stand-off a “technical matter:” Suu Kyi

YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, said on Thursday that her party’s refusal to take up newly won seats in parliament was a “technical matter” that could be resolved soon, responding to mounting criticism of her stance on the issue.

Her National League for Democracy (NLD) says it won’t attend parliament unless the wording of the swearing-in oath is changed – the first sign of major friction with the ruling, army-backed party since the NLD swept historic by-elections on April 1.

Apr 23, 2012

Myanmar ruling party rejects Suu Kyi demand to change oath

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (Reuters) – Myanmar’s ruling, army-backed party on Monday rejected demands by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to change parliament’s oath of office, the first clear sign of friction since the democracy leader’s party swept historic by-elections.

The dispute marred Monday’s opening of parliament, as Suu Kyi and other members of her party refused to take their seats, denting an image of transformation on a day when the European Union is all but certain to become the first Western power to suspend sanctions that isolated Myanmar for two decades.

Apr 23, 2012

Myanmar parliament opens without Suu Kyi

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (Reuters) – Myanmar’s parliament convened on Monday without Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi after her party boycotted the legislature over a disagreement on the wording of the oath of office, just weeks after winning historic by-elections.

The protest by Suu Kyi’s party will dent an image of transformation the government wanted to show off on Monday, when the European Union is all but certain to become the first among Western powers to suspend in earnest sanctions that isolated Myanmar for two decades.

Apr 22, 2012

Myanmar awaits EU sanction easing; Suu Kyi delays debut

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (Reuters) – Myanmar’s reformist rulers are looking forward to an eagerly awaited easing of European Union sanctions on Monday but celebrations will be muted over a political stalemate delaying Aung San Suu Kyi’s historic parliamentary debut.

A protest by Suu Kyi’s party over a swearing-in vow for its would-be parliamentarians will dent an image of transformation the government wanted to show off on Monday, when the European Union is all but certain to become the first among Western powers to suspend in earnest sanctions that isolated Myanmar for two decades.

Apr 22, 2012

As Myanmar awaits easing of sanctions, row brews over MP no-show

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (Reuters) – Myanmar’s reformist rulers are looking forward to an eagerly awaited easing of European Union sanctions on Monday but celebrations will be muted over a political stalemate delaying Aung San Suu Kyi’s historic parliamentary debut.

A protest by Suu Kyi’s party over a swearing-in vow for its would-be parliamentarians will dent an image of transformation the government wanted to show off on Monday, when the European Union is all but certain to become the first among Western powers to suspend in earnest sanctions that isolated Myanmar for two decades.

Apr 18, 2012
Apr 18, 2012

Malaysia economy “turns the corner”; fiscal reform to be gradual

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (Reuters) – Malaysia’s economy has passed the turning point in its drive to reach high-income status by 2020, the head of the government’s economic performance agency said, but politically sensitive fiscal reforms will only be pushed through gradually.

Idris Jala, the colorful chief of the 16-month-old Economic Transformation Programme, said that a 19 percent jump in private investment last year was among clear signs that the plan to double per-capita income to $15,000 was paying off.

Apr 10, 2012
Apr 10, 2012

Malaysia to end indefinite detention in security shake-up

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced a new security law on Tuesday that ends indefinite police detention of suspects, fulfilling a pledge to abolish colonial-era legislation that has long been used to stifle political dissent.

The proposal, likely to be passed by the government-controlled parliament, is Najib’s latest move aimed at winning over middle-class, urban voters ahead of what is expected to be a closely fought election that he could call in weeks.

Apr 4, 2012

Southeast Asia fails to tackle sea spat with China head on

PHNOM PENH, April 4 (Reuters) – The Philippines claimed
progress on Wednesday in persuading Southeast Asian leaders to
present a united front to China in a festering maritime dispute,
but the region remains divided over how to tackle its biggest
security challenge.

The 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations
(ASEAN) is under growing pressure to resolve the dispute
following a series of naval clashes over the energy-rich
maritime region claimed by China.

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      "I cover the politics, economics and people of Southeast Asia from Kuala Lumpur, where I also act as head of editorial for Malaysia and Brunei. I joined Reuters on the Singapore editing desk back in 1997 and have been on the move ever since, from Japan to the Philippines to the U.S.A and then Brazil."
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