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 Myanmar lawmakers get down to business as presidency decision looms

Myanmar's upper and lower chambers of parliament resumed for a second session on Thursday (Feb 4), forming two key committees - a bill committee and a public accounts committee - comprising 15 members each.

These committees will look into redrafting, tweaking or even changing the draft bills that are to be debated in parliament. They will also take over more than 20 draft bills that were still under discussion during the previous parliament's term.

However, policies are not yet on the minds of Members of Parliament. Many are discussing about the recent comments made by Aung San Suu Kyi, who said that the people should exercise patience when it comes to naming who the next president of Myanmar will be.

She said that there is no hurry and that she will announce the name in due course, but many MPs have two views about this.

"Most of our people are very excited for change, but we need time for everything,” said Aye Mya Mya Myo, a Lower House MP from Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy.

"For government, for president, for every change, we need time. In my opinion, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is our leader. Whoever the president is, I'm not interested so much."

"We don't want to see a delay,” said Win Wai Hlaing Tun, a fellow NLD MP. “Personally I want (her to announce) quickly. The president has to assign the ministers and chief ministers so these people will have time to prepare."

"I think naming the president is important for the international community because they are keen to cooperate even more closely with us in our reform process," said Lower House  MP Ba Shien of the Arakan National Party.

Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy party have about two months till the end of March to announce who the president will be, to announce the Cabinet ministers, as well as to name the chief ministers for the 14 states and regions in Myanmar.

She and her party and she will officially take power on Apr 1.

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