Election losers can still make laws in Myanmar for 2½ months

By 11.16.2015 news > World
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi receives flowers as she signs on the registration book upon arrival at parliament to attend a regular lower house session Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. Winning Myanmar's election turned out to be easier than expected for Suu Kyi and her opposition party, but steering the country will be a test of how the Nobel Peace laureate balances her moral vision with political realities. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — The military-backed party overwhelmingly voted out of office in Myanmar’s general elections still has another 2 ½ months to make laws as the majority — and retains enough potency to complicate matters if it chooses to do so.

The Parliament that began its new session Monday is still dominated by legislators from the Union Solidarity Development Party, which was trounced by Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy in the Nov. 8 elections.

The lame-duck session lasts until Jan. 31, when the new parliament will sit with roles reversed — the NLD will occupy 387 of the 664 seats in the two houses and the USDP will have only 42 seats, down from more than 360 it now holds.

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