Friday, October 19, 2012

Parliament opens session on Thursday

Friday, 19 October 2012 13:51 Mizzima News

Burma’s two houses of Parliament opened their 5th session on Thursday. Lower House Speaker Shwe Mann told lawmakers that the country must push ahead on democratic reforms and enforce the rule of law.

Military representatives at the opening parliament session in Naypyitaw on Thursday, October 18, 2012. Photo: Myat Kyaw Thu / Mizzima

According to parliament sources, topics to be discussed in Thursday's session included amending the Auditor-General's Law, withdrawal of an old Myanmar Five Star Shipping Corporation Law, withdrawal of a political law enacted during the period of the National Convention and withdrawal of a land confiscation law in connection with mineral exploitation.

Important bills to be approved in the next session include the Foreign Investment Law and a new media law.

During the last session, which ended on Sept. 7, the parliament passed laws including the Foreign Exchange Management Law and Social Security Law.

In other business, it approved the nomination of Nyan Tun as new vice president, and the government's appointment of 11 new persons to take up ministerial posts and one new auditor-general following a major cabinet reshuffle from Aug. 27 to Sept. 7, in which nine ministers were first reassigned, two ministers and the Auditor-General resigned, 15 former ministers remained in posts without change, one deputy minister was shifted and 19 new deputy ministers were appointed.

The reshuffle of the cabinet was added four ministries to the President's Office to become six such ministries from No. 1 to No. 6 and the merger of two Ministries of Electric Power No. 1 and No. 2 to a single ministry and abolishment of the Ministry of Industrial Development.

Also, opposition leader and parliamentarian Aung San Suu Kyi was named chairperson of a 15-member Committee for Rule of Law and Tranquility of the Lower House on Aug. 7.

The former nine-member Myanmar Constitutional Tribunal, led Thein Soe, resigned after the parliament passed an impeachment with a majority vote against the constitutional tribunal for breaching the provisions of the constitution and the failure to discharge the vested duties under law.

The two houses' separate sessions will be followed by a joint union parliament opening session on Monday.

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