31 Jan '11, 12am

Myanmar to open parliament: YANGON: Elected and designated lawmakers were gathering in Myanmar's capital on Mond...

Myanmar to open parliament: YANGON: Elected and designated lawmakers were gathering in Myanmar's capital on Mond...

YANGON: Elected and designated lawmakers were gathering in Myanmar's capital on Monday amid tight security and secrecy for the grand opening of the country's fledgling parliament. After a rare election in November, marred by the absence of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi and claims of cheating and intimidation, the junta were set to enjoy a crushing majority in the new assembly, opening at exactly 8:55 am (0225 GMT). The formation of a national parliament in Naypyidaw and 14 regional assemblies takes the country towards the final stage of the junta's so-called "roadmap" to a "disciplined democracy", conceived in 2003. But a quarter of the seats were kept aside for the military even before the vote, and the army-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) claimed an overwhelming victory, winning 882 out of 1,154 seats. While the regime may have been planning for ye...

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