December 13, 2017

On-the-job training

New MPs get crash course on legislative procedures

Speakers and lawmakers attend a ceremony to open the induction programme for MPs of the second Hluttaw. Photo: MNA
Speakers and lawmakers attend a ceremony to open the induction programme for MPs of the second Hluttaw. Photo: MNA

A FIVE-DAY workshop on parliamentary procedures kicked off in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday, aiming to broaden the knowledge of new lawmakers in Myanmar’s second parliament.
Speaking on the occasion, National League for Democracy chairperson Daw Aung San Suu Kyi urged the lawmakers to serve the interests of the country and its people as much as possible, stressing that the parliament is not a place for MPs to pursue their own interests.
Speaker of Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Mahn Win Khaing Than said the induction programme will help the MPs improve their capabilities to build a democratic system.
Pyithu Hluttaw speaker U Win Myint urged MPs to actively participate in the workshop in order to gain knowledge on legislation.
A total of 18 foreign lawmakers and experts served as trainers to the new MPs at the workshop, which will continue until 19 February.
During the programme, MPs will share knowledge about democracy and leadership, the duties and roles of MPs, the characteristics of a good MP, power-sharing and the role of MPs, sovereignty, checks and balances and challenges facing women MPs.

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