Myanmar begins new parliament session

Myanmar begins new parliament session

Myanmar begins new parliament session

Written by Staff Writer

01 Feb, 2016 | 12:12 pm

Hundreds of newly elected legislators, a majority of them from pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, have begun a parliament session that will install their government and elect a new president.

It is an assembly dominated by MPs from Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD), which won 80% of elected seats in November’s poll.

The session on Monday marks a historic turnaround for the National League for Democracy (NLD) party, which for years was suppressed by the military.

But a quarter of all seats are reserved for the military, which also retains control of key ministries.

One of the new parliament’s first jobs will be to choose a new president.

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