COVID update: Truckers tested, dollar weak

Myanmar’s pandemic has passed 30,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with no signs of slowing. Elections, transportation and logistics, and a weakening dollar on currency markets are the latest concerns. Shipping routes could be a main vector for the

NLD candidates kidnapped in Rakhine

An unidentified armed group has kidnapped three Three National League for Democracy candidates in western Rakhine State. The victims are State parliamentarian Min Aung, national lower house MP Ni Ni May Myint, and Chit Chit Chaw, a candidate for the

One month out, election takes heat from watchdogs

After a challenging few years on the world stage, a successful general election is critical for Myanmar’s geopolitical image. Yet as the election looms, the process has come under fire from human rights advocates, with Rakhine Muslims, also wid

Myanmar asks Bangladesh to meet halfway on refugees

Myanmar has formally called on Bangladesh to increase its role in the repatriation of Rakhine Muslim refugees, who call themselves Rohingya. In a recorded message to the UN Assembly’s annual debate, U Kyaw Tint Swe, minister for the Office of the S

Will COVID-19 delay the election?

Earlier this month, a group of 24 opposition political parties petitioned the Union Election Commission (UEC) to delay the election. The UEC refused. Critics of the request dismissed the effort as a ploy to buy more time to campaign and upset the sta

Yangon under strict stay-at-home measures

The city of Yangon has been imposed with strict stay-at-home measures as the coronavirus continues to spread. The blanket stay-at-home order, which will continue at least until October 5, allows most people to go out only for essential tasks such as