IPU offers to help rebuild Myanmar's Parliamentary Democracy

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Secretary-General addresses Parliament of Myanmar

Myanmar's newly elected legislators will receive training and support from the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) on how to build an effective and democratic legislative body.

The IPU has sent a four- member team to help the new legislators better understand the workings of a democratic parliament including parliamentary proceedings, legislative drafting and parliament's role in the promotion and defense of human rights.

Jemini Pandya is the spokesperson for the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

"Myanmar has not had a parliament for several decades so parliament is now full of people who have no experience in how to be an MP and how parliament works. Everything relating to Myanmar's parliament including how MPs can represent the electorate, parliament's relationship with the government and civil society and how the two houses of parliament relate to each other and also the roles and responsibilities of the political opposition in parliament. Many of these things have to be learnt and built from scratch. Following a request from Myanmar's authorities, an IPU team has begun a needs assessment of the Myanmar parliament. The aim is to indentify the problems and solutions for parliament to run effectively and to fulfill its role as the representative body that oversees government."

Newly elected members of the National League for Democracy (NLD) party, including Aung San Suu Kyi, will attend Myanmar’s Parliament for the first time on Wednesday.

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