Ethnic groups in Arakan State are asking that the Arakan National Party (ANP), which won the most seats in Arakan in the November 8 general election, be allowed to form the state government.              

U Zaw Htay, a spokesman for the President’s Office, said the government would discuss ceasefire prospects with the four ethnic armies of the Northern Alliance on a case-by-case basis. 

Myanmar’s military (or Tatmadaw) and police are conducting investigations into the death of a Kyauktaw resident whose dismembered body was found along a riverbank in the township after the Tatmadaw’s alleged abduction of him last July. 

The Tatmadaw True News Information Team released a statement on January 7 urging the relevant organisations to hold make-up elections soonest in nine Arakan State townships and in Mongkaing Township, Shan State, where voting was cancelled in November. 

The rate of COVID-19 infection has declined significantly in Arakan State since December, according to the state Department of Public Health. 

A bus terminal and night market will be built in Ngapali town, which hosts the popular beach of the same name in Thandwe Township, in an effort to bolster area tourism, said U Ye Aung Moe, manager of the Directorate of Hotels and Tourism in Arakan State.

Myanmar’s Ministry of Education has instructed basic education schools in Arakan State to prepare for the resumption of classes in line with COVID-19 prevention regulations, said the state’s Head of Education Office.

A campaign was launched in Arakan State’s Ann Township on January 6 to demand the unconditional release of all Arakanese people arrested under various sections of the law. 

Ninety-nine Muslims who were arrested on January 6 in Shwepyithar Township, Yangon Region, will be tested for COVID-19 and are currently under quarantine at the University of Computer Studies in Shwepyithar, local lawmaker U Yan Aung Min told DMG.

A joint team including Tatmadaw and police personnel as well as township and ward administrators will “inspect” 15 camps for internally displaced people (IDPs) in Mrauk-U Township, with camp managers anticipating that the visits will focus on why the IDPs present have not returned to their homes. 

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