Confirming informed speculation about the nominations for parliamentary speakers, National League for Democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday met with party MPs to reveal the party’s choices. As reported in The Myanmar Times, U Win Myint, a member of the NLD central executive, is to be nominated for the key post of lower-house speaker.
Myanmar still languishes among the world’s most corrupt countries although its performance has improved slightly over the past year, according to a global review released yesterday.
In a perhaps belated act of self-assertion, parliament’s neglected working committees have told the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw they need more staff, more information and better access to decision-makers. During the parliamentary term now about to close, the committee system has been badly attended, inefficient and largely ignored, they complained.
The incoming Rakhine State parliament will have only half the funds it needs to develop the state, a local MP has complained. The state parliament adopted the 2016-17 budget on January 25, days before it rose to give way to the new parliament elected last November.
Warning that “winning an election alone does not bring democracy”, one of the signatories of the nationwide ceasefire agreement signed by eight ethnic armed groups last year has nevertheless expressed confidence in Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s ability to promote the peace process.