Published on Friday, 28 June 2013 18:29
Aung San Suu Kyi seen in June 26 session of Lower House (Photo-EMG)
"Myanmar's parliament is getting stronger these days," Aung San Suu Kyi told reporters on June 26 before the beginning of a regular session in the capital Nya Pyi Taw.
The National League for Democracy (NLD) leader acknowledged that since it's opening on January 1, 2011, Myanmar's Parliament has grown more active as MP's engage more in debating issues and laws affecting the country.
The Parliament has now reached its seventh regular session.
Some say that Parliament will become stronger still as Thura Shwe Mann, the Speaker of the lower house will take over as the Speaker of the Union Parliament in the second term of this session.
"I don't say it's mainly due the Speaker's change. Whoever the Speaker is, they will do their best. The pattern of the Parliament becomes stronger day after day," added Suu Kyi.
Thura Shwe Mann also said that the previous sessions were criticised as "Five Minute Sessions" and "Nodding Sessions", despite most other countries in the West now accept the growing role of the legislature in Myanmar politics.
Suu Kyi had previously criticised Parliament saying it was not being helpful to the people at a public meeting made on June 9 in Pyin Oo Lwin, in Mandalay Region.
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