31 Jan '11, 1am

Myanmar to open junta-dominated parliament (via AFP and @stcom). Link:

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, 10.25am Singapore time). The timing - almost certainly a product of the regime's penchant for astrology - is just one aspect of this new parliament peculiar to a nation that has withered under the iron grip of military rule since 1962. 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 se...

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