Myanmar's new military-dominated parliament opened on Monday as lawmakers assembled in secrecy for their first legislative session at the newly-built parliament buildings in the new capital of Nay Pyi Taw. Sessions of region or state parliament also began separately in 14 respective regions or states on the same day.
The formation of the national parliament in Naypyidaw and 14 regional assemblies takes the country towards the final stage of the military's so-called "roadmap" to a "disciplined democracy", conceived in 2003.
Thirty-seven political parties including 82 independents took part in the parliamentary election held across the country's seven regions and seven ethnic states in November last year.
Myanmar's new parliament officially opens [AFP, Channel NewsAsia, 31 Jan 2011]
Myanmar starts first parliamentary sessions in new capital [Xinhua, 31 Jan 2011]