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Myanmar's union parliament sets date for presidential run

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  9 Feb 2016 12:00 AM GMT

y Pyi Taw, Feb 8: Myanmar’s union parliament on Monday announced March 17 as the date for three groups of the union parliament representatives to nomite their respective candidates for the presidential run. The three candidates are to be nomited respectively from the group of elected house of representatives (Lower House), the group of elected house of tiolities (Upper House) and the group from military-nomited representatives, Xinhua news agency reported.

The candidate who wins the most number of votes will be the president, while the remaining two will be vice presidents. The nomition list will be forwarded to the chairman of the union parliament. The newly-elected union parliament started its first session in capital y Pyi Taw earlier on Monday, 10 days after the expiry of the previous term of the parliament.

The summon for the first session of the new union parliament came nearly three months after the end of the general election on November 8, 2015, in which the ruling tiol League for Democracy (NLD) party, led by Aung San Suu Kyi, won an absolute majority of the parliamentary seats. Attending the first union parliament session, chaired by U Mann Win Khaing Than who is also speaker of the House of tiolities (Upper House), were a total of 648 members of the parliament. (IANS)

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