10 January 2011

Burma's new parliament to convene on 31 January

Burma's new parliament is to meet for the first time on 31 January, three months after the military-ruled nation's first elections in 20 years. State television said the two-chamber parliament would convene in the capital, Nay Pyi Taw, citing an order from junta leader Gen Than Shwe.

The main junta-linked party said it won almost 80% of available seats. A quarter were reserved for the military. Western nations said that the polls, on 7 November, were neither free nor fair. Final election results have not yet been released.

The official first sitting will mark the implementation of the new constitution and see the transfer of power from the military government to a parliament and president. -- Full story at BBC News

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