31 Jan '16, 5am

New era as #AungSanSuuKyi's novice MPs brace for office

NAYPYIDAW (AFP) - In a modest dormitory in Myanmar's capital Naypyidaw, novice MP Tin Thit recites a poem he has penned called "No Retreat", steeling himself to enter Myanmar's parliament carrying the dreams of a nation left traumatised by army rule. A poet, editor, activist - and now newly elected MP - he is among hundreds of political newcomers poised to take their seats on Monday (Feb 1) in the country's most democratic legislature in generations, following the huge November landslide win by Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD). "This is our era," the newly minted NLD lawmaker told AFP on Saturday as he prepared for a last-ditch round of parliamentary training organised by his party, brushing off concerns about his and his colleagues' lack of experience. "This is our responsibility. We will just do the job we have to do," he said. The new parliament ma...

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