Rangoon (Mizzima) – With only two weeks before the NLD’s debut at the opening session of the Burmese Parliament, Aung San Suu Kyi is preparing her party’s goals for the session.
Nyan Win, the National League for Democracy spokesperson, said the government informed political parties that the 4th legislative session would commence on April 23. The two-month third session ended on March 26.
“The day is very near, so we are very busy,” said Nyan Win.
During her political campaign, Suu Kyi repeatedly told her supporters it would be necessary to forge support with other opposition groups, and to work with USDP and military lawmakers in Parliament.
Newly elected NLD Lower House MP Phyu Phyu Thin of Mingalar Taung Nyunt Township said she knows what the residents of her township need.
“Now, I know the difficulties that people in the township have,” she said, noting their concerns about jobs, the economy, education and health care.
On April 8, NLD chairman Aung San Suu Kyi said NLD MPs-elect would hold a pre-session meeting on April 19 and 20 to plan legislative strategies. Decisions would be arrived at through majority votes, she said.
Thiha Saw, the chief editor of Myanmar Dana and the Open News Journal, said “I don’t think they will get many chances to put forward bills. Many bills have been put forward to the bill committee. For instance, the land ownership law has been put forward. But, they will have many chances to vote and debate when the bills are put to a vote.”
The NLD won 43 parliamentary seats in the recent by-elections: 37 Lower House seats; four Upper House seats; and two region/state assembly seats. With MP Dr. Myat Nyarna Soe, who resigned from the NDF and joined the NLD, the NLD now holds five seats in the Upper House. The NLD party comprises 6.4 per cent of Parliament.