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Myanmar to start first parliamentary sessions in new capital

01-31-2011 10:10 BJT

NAY PYI TAW, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar is due to start its first three-chamber parliamentary sessions simultaneously later Monday morning with the sessions of the house of representatives ( lower house) and house of nationalities (upper house) to take place at the newly-built parliament buildings in the new capital of Nay Pyi Taw.

Sessions of region or state parliament will be held separately in 14 respective regions or states on the same day.

The summon for the first sessions of the three-level parliaments in two decades by the ruling State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) came nearly three months after the end of the multi-party general election on Nov. 7 , 2010.

The union parliament, made up of the house of representatives and the house of nationalities, will elect the country's president and vice presidents according to the new state constitution.

A total of 1,537 parliament representatives including 1,154 elected through the Nov. 7, 2010 general election and 388 or 25 percent through direct nomination by the military are expected to attend the first three-level parliamentary sessions.

The total number of the parliamentary house of representatives and house of nationalities has 659 made up of 493 elected ones and 166 or 25 percent military representatives.

Of the 493 elected parliamentary house of representatives and house of nationalities, 388 come mainly from the majority winning Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), led by Prime Minister U Thein Sein, 17 from the National Unity Party (NUP), 21 from The Shan Nationalities Democratic Party (SNDP), 16 from the Rakhine Nationalities Development Party (RNDP) and 12 from the National Democratic Force (NDF).

In the 2010 general election, 1,154 candidates out of over 3, 000 representing political parties in contesting were elected as parliamentary representatives at three levels, in which 325 as representatives to the house of representatives, 168 as representatives to the house of nationalities and 661 as representatives to the region or state parliament.

Thirty-seven political parties including 82 independents took part in the parliamentary election held across the country's seven regions and seven ethnic states in November last year.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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