(From AFP)

Myanmar’s military-stacked parliament began its last session Friday as Aung San Suu Kyi’s pro-democracy party prepared for a dramatic power transfer that will loosen the army’s 50-year clasp on the country.

NLD Chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi attends the last day of the Union parliament regular session in Naypyidaw Jan. 29

Demob happy lawmakers from the quasi-civilian ruling party arrived for their last day in parliament amid laughter and jokes, after a five-year term that has transformed Myanmar’s political landscape.

For decades, Myanmar was seen as a basket-case run by paranoid generals who sunk the economy, crushed dissent and cut the Southeast Asian nation off from the rest of the world.

But reforms since 2011 steered by President Thein Sein have overhauled the country. Read More

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