Myanmar Parliament begins first session with first democratically-elected government

Naypyidaw: Myanmar’s National League for Democracy(NLD) leader Aung San Suu Kyi attended the opening of the new parliament in Naypyitaw on Monday, as hundreds of Members of Parliament(MPs) began a session of the first democratically-elected government in more than 50 years.

MM Times quoted that the assembly is dominated by MPs from Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD), which won 80 percent of elected seats in November’s poll.

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

The parliament’s first jobs will be to choose a new president.

Outgoing leader Thein Sein will step down at the end of March.

Suu Kyi, who spent 15 years under house arrest, is constitutionally barred from standing because her sons are British not Burmese.

She had previously indicated that she will seek to exert influence through the new leader.(ANI)