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Myanmar military re-nominates new representatives to parliament

Yangon, Mon, 23 Apr 2012 ANI

Yangon, Apr 23 (Xinhua-ANI): The Myanmar military has re- nominated some 59 new representatives to parliament to substitute part of the old ones, according to an announcement of the Union Election Commission made public on Monday.

Of the 59 new military representatives of higher ranks, who are non-elected, 39 are to the House of Representatives (Lower House) and 20 to the House of Nationalities (Upper House).

The new substitution nomination came hours before Myanmar parliament's third session is to resume in Nay Pyi Taw on Monday after adjournment for a month to continue discussions on some law amendment bills remained to be dealt with.

The parliament session is also the first after the April 1 by- elections.

The parliament members representing the military in both houses account for over 100 or 25 percent of the total which amounts to over 600, of which elected members take nearly 500 -- over 300 with the House of Representatives and over 100 with the House of Nationalities.

Of the total parliamentary seats, the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party hold nearly 60 percent.

In the April 1 by-elections, the National League for Democracy led by Aung San Suu Kyi won 43 seats of the 45 open seats for contest at the three-level parliament -- 37 with the House of Representatives, 4 with the House of Nationalities and 2 with the region or state parliament. (Xinhua-ANI)

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