Myanmar starts new parliamentary term

Jan. 9, 2013 at 12:40 PM   |   Comments

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- A lawmaker in Myanmar kicked off the parliamentary season Wednesday with a plea for the implementation of the rule of law.

Myanmar's legislative assembly started a new session Wednesday. China's official Xinhua news agency reports that Speaker of the House of Representatives U Shwe Mann called on national leaders to usher in an era of peace by implementing the rule of law.

Myanmar has earned international accolades for a series of political reforms that began with general elections in 2010. Those elections marked the end of military leadership, though concerns have emerged about the human rights and national security situations in the country.

Beijing this week expressed concern over fighting between Kachin rebels and Myanmar forces. A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said three bombs landed on the Chinese side of the border during December clashes.

Fighting in Kachin erupted in 2011, ending a 17-year truce. Last year, fighting between Buddhist and Muslim communities in the coastal state of Rakhine left at least 78 people dead. A report for the official New Light of Myanmar states that progress has been made, however, in the coastal state.

Topics: Usher
© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
New York Post defies #ISISMediablackout with graphic James Foley cover
North Korea insults John Kerry on his appearance
Group tweaks Westboro Baptist Church with 'God Loves Gays' campaign
New York Times reporter ordered to leave Afghanistan
David Cameron: 'Increasingly likely' jihadist in Foley video is British citizen
Trending News