Thursday, July 5, 2012

Burmese MPs witness TV coverage of Indian Parliament

Thursday, 05 July 2012 16:12 Mizzima News

A delegation of 10 Burmese Members of Parliament now visiting India to study parliamentary procedures there have seen the importance of media freedom, the committee system, lawmakers’ accountability and full television coverage of the parliamentary sessions to keep the public informed.

NLD Member of Parliament Myat Nyarna Soe Photo: Facebook

The 10 MPs, invited by Indian parliamentary lawmakers, represent various political parties, including the newly elected National League for Democracy (NLD) members.

“We would flag these key features of the parliamentary democracy in India when we go back home and report to our Speaker,” NLD member Myat Nyarna Soe told The Indian Express on Wednesday.

One lawmaker representing the government-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) said lawmakers were fully behind national reconciliation and democratization undertaken by Burmese President Thein Sein.

“We expect her [Suu Kyi] to participate in the Parliament session, which started today,” said Ti Khun Myat of the dominant USDP.

On the issue of political prisoners, NLD MP Myat Nyarna Soe said,  “We will bring a motion for the release of political prisoners. There are very few political prisoners left and none belongs to my party.”

The bicameral legislature of Burma was established by the 2008 National Constitution. The Lower House has 224 members and the Upper House 440 members. The first session of Parliament reconvened on Wednesday.

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