Kyaw Zwar Minn says he was barred from offices under orders from Myanmar’s military junta.
In the hours after the military took control of the government and detained top civilian officials, some prominent lawmakers and Burmese public figures spoke with VOA about the developments.
Government officials blame Rohingyas for murdering 45 people in Rakhine State; Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army denies any involvement.
The yearlong commission released a final report detailing sustained action to ensure peace in the troubled state.
Human Rights Watch urges reform of social media law to conform with international standards, calls new amendment a tool for military 'to attack civil society'.
Chinese loggers in Myanmar send wood to China even though timber exports were banned in 2014.
Army reportedly burned Aung Lan Chuang because villagers were suspected of harboring rebels; refugees report being low on food.
Speaking to reporters Nobel Laureate says an election boycott is still an option, but not likely.
Kachin spokesman tells VOA latest assault, which includes airstrikes, focuses on group's bases near town of Bahmo.
Riot police blocks hundreds of students protesters inside monastery to prevent them from continuing march to Yangon despite government warnings for them to stop while parliament considers changes to law.
Defense Ministry public affairs director says, however, that situation in Laukkai is stabilizing and residents are returning to homes.
Government, Kokang rebels again trade accusations of attacks on aid workers as two sides continue fierce fighting near border with China.
Rakhine chief minister tells VOA Burmese that since program began last year, only those who identified themselves as 'Bengali' were accepted.