NLD Nominates Speakers, Including Minority MPs

By The Irrawaddy 21 January 2016

RANGOON — The National League for Democracy (NLD) has revealed four nominees for speakers of the new Parliament that will convene on Feb 1, including three representatives of ethnic minorities.

NLD spokesperson Nyan Win told AFP on Wednesday that the party has nominated Win Myint and ethnic Karen Win Khaing Than, both NLD members, for the Lower and Upper House, respectively.

An ethnic Arakanese lawmaker from the Arakan National Party (ANP) and an ethnic Kachin member of the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) have been nominated as deputy speakers, according to AFP.

NLD chairwoman Aung San Suu Kyi has vowed to appoint ethnic minorities and members of other political parties among its cabinet to promote national reconciliation.

“We will include ethnic representatives who are not NLD members, and others who can benefit the country,” Suu Kyi told Radio Free Asia shortly after her party was elected.