Myanmar to convene next parliament sessions on Oct. 1


Myanmar to convene next parliament sessions on Oct. 1

Xinhua, 10 Sep 2013

The 8th regular separate sessions of Myanmar parliament's two houses -- Lower and Upper as well as the two-house union parliament session will be all convened on Oct. 1, state radio and TV reported, quoting an announcement of the parliament.

The last 7th regular sessions of the parliament lasted from June 25 to Aug. 31.

On July 31, U Shwe Mann, speaker of Myanmar's House of Representative (Lower House), took over the alternate seat of Speaker of the two-House Union Parliament from U Khin Aung Myint who retained as speaker of the House of Nationalities (Upper House) .

U Shwe Mann, who is also chairman of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), was to run for the remaining two and a half years' term for the current five-year tenure of U Thein Sein's government elected through 2010 general election.

During the last 7th session, the parliament mainly adopted, among others, a proposal to form a 109-member Constitution Review Joint Committee, represented proportionally by parliament members of both Houses, political parties, military MPs and individuals, to make necessary amendment to the 2008 State Constitution.

The parliament also sought admission to the Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property as well as admission to the World Bank's Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency- MIGS Convention.

In addition, the parliament endorsed the government's appointment of the governor and vice governors of the Central Bank of Myanmar and approved a communication bill.