House Speaker’s call raises post-election session speculation

NAY PYI TAW — Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker Thura U Shwe Mann has urged parliamentary committees and a commission to continue meeting amid speculation the Union hluttaw may reconvene for an unscheduled session after the election.

The Speaker issued the call in an address to the chairpersons and secretaries of 23 Pyithu Hluttaw affairs committees and the commission after the lower house ended what was expected to be its final session for the year.

The Amyotha Hluttaw rose on August 19 and the final session this year of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw ended on August 28.

Addressing the parliamentary coordinating committee’s first meeting this year on August 27, Thura U Shwe Mann said about 50 laws were waiting to be enacted. Most had been submitted by the government and they included enabling legislation for the Higher Education Bill, he said.

“Concerning these issues, the hluttaw committees and commission should continue their respective work,” Thura U Shwe Mann said.

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Similar calls were made at the meeting by the chairs of the Pyithu Hluttaw citizens’ rights, democracy and human rights committee, U Htay Oo, and of its public accounts committee, U Thurein Zaw.

The committees and the commission should continue to work on outstanding matters, even though the lower house session had ended, U Htay Oo told Frontier after the a airs committee meeting.

“We have to continue the committees’ work during the election campaign period,” U Thurein Zaw said after the meeting.

“It is likely that we will have to call for the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw to convene after the election,” he said.

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