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Karen Parties Claim Covid-19 and a Lack of Funds Gives Government 2020 Election Advantage

The two political parties based in Karen State made their claims after the Union Election Commission announced on July 1 that the upcoming 2020 election would be held on November 8, 2020. Mahn Aung Pyi Soe, chairperson of the Karen National Democratic Party (KNDP) said. “We haven’t yet seen any official rules or regulation for campaigning in the 2020 election.…

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Newly Merged Karen National Democratic Party Elects CEC Members

The Karen National Democratic Party (KNDP), a newly merged party of Karen political parties, has elected its central executive committee in Karen State’s captial Hpa-An yesterday (March 12). A total of 32 candidates with four candidates each from former Karen parties – Phalon-Sawaw Democratic Party (PSDP), the Karen Democratic Party (KDP), the Karen State Democracy and Development Party (KSDDP), and…

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New United Karen Party’s Registration Accepted by Union Election Commission

In an effort to unify all Karen political parties, the first three Karen State based parties came together to form the Karen National Democratic Party (KNDP). The Union Election Commission had approved the party’s registration. Party officials said on February 25th that they got the go ahead from the UEC afer the three old parties were dissolved in order to…

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KUPC Hosts Meeting on Unified Karen Coalition

The Karen Unity and Peace Committee (KUPC) convened a summit of Karen State political parties on August 29 to discuss the formation of a united political front. Representatives from the Phalon-Sawaw Democratic Party, the Kayin Democratic Party, the Kayin State Democracy and Development Party, and the Kayin Unity Democratic Party attended the meeting at the Thu Maydar Yama Gyar Tawya…

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Karen Organizations Congratulate Ethnic Parties on By-election Wins

According to the results announced by the Union Election Commission, the National League for Democracy took the largest share of the 19 seats available, capturing nine spots, while the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy kept the race close, picking up another six seats. The Arakan National Party (ANP) and the All Nationalities Democracy Party (ANDP) each took one seat, in…

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Karen Representatives Finalized Draft Policy Papers For February’s Union Peace Conference

The Karen people have finalized the draft policy papers on the four sectors that will be proposed at the upcoming 21st Century Panglong Conference or the Union Peace Conference scheduled to be held in February, 2017. Karen nationals held their last round of National-Level Political Dialogue at the Karen National Union controlled territory at Lay Wah from January 28 to…

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Phalon-Sawaw Democratic Party to run in Kawhmu in the by-election

The Phalon-Sawaw Democratic Party (PSDP), which is based in the Karen State’s capital Hpa-an, will run for a seat in the Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House) in Kawhmu Township, Rangoon Region in the upcoming by-election in April, the party’s vice-chairman Mann Aung Pyae Soe told KIC on 17 January. “The Phalon-Sawaw [Democratic] Party is trying to cover the whole country. It…

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Karen EAOs and Political Parties Attend Federalism Workshop

Three Karen ethnic armed organisations (EAOs) and four Karen political parties held their first federalism workshop at Lay Kay Kaw Myothit in Myawaddy Township, Karen State from 29 to 30 November. Saw Tar Mu Lar, the Karen National Union (KNU) Chairman’s Office Secretary, said: “People are very keen to know about this issue [federalism]. We won’t get what we want…

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Karen Conference: Despite NLD Election Win, Military Still Holds Power…

Karen representatives from various parts of Burma and overseas got together in move to prepare for forthcoming national peace talks pointed out that despite Burma having democratically elected government the military continues to hold power under the country’s current constitution. More than 150 Karen representatives traveled to the Karen National Union’s Law Khee Lar, Hpa-an District to discuss major issues…

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Kayin People’s Party Set to Reform Its Structure To Gain Grass Root Support After Dismal 2015 Election Result

Regional level Karen People’s Party will reorganize its structure starting from the village tract and ward level. The party’s township officials discussed the issue at its meeting on March, 12 at Mahatheindawgyi Monastery in Pathein, Ayeyawaddy Division. Mahn Tun Tin, the KPP’s Ayeyarwaddy regional chairman spoke to Karen News. “Our plan is that if there are 10 villages in a…

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