Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Suu Kyi to chair Lower House ‘rule of law’ committee

Wednesday, 08 August 2012 12:43 Myo Thant

Rangoon (Mizzima) – Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been named to chair the newly formed Rule of Law and Tranquility Committee in the Lower House of Parliament.

The 15-member committee was formed by Lower House Speaker Shwe Mann and approved by the house this week.

Aung San Suu Kyi in a session of the Lower House on Tuesday, July 24, 2012. MPs discussed a proposal for legislation safeguarding the rights of ethnic people. Photo: Myo Thant / Mizzima

The committee has a wide range of oversight involving civil servants, judicial bodies, legislation and media, and it can report its findings to the Parliament, MP Myint Oo of Thanatpin told Mizzima.

The Union-level committee could also propose amendments or legislation in the Lower House, he said.

During her by-election campaign, Suu Kyi made the rule of law a major campaign issue.

The committee is the 25th committee or commission formed by the Lower House since the new Parliament was formed in 2010.

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