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New government gets felicitations from China, North Korea, Asean countries


Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Thein Sein, Burma’s new president-elect, has received messages of felicitations which were read out to Parliament on Tuesday, according to MPs.

President-elect Thein Sien, a former general, will be sworn in to office on Wednesday, March 30, 2011, inaugurating a new civilian-led parliamentary government. Photo: AFPThein Sein is to be sworn into office on Wednesday, along with two new vice presidents and cabinet ministers, inaugurating the formation of Burma’s new civilian-led government, even though it is dominated by former military generals and government ministers.

China, North Korea, Asean countries, the United Nations, Japan, South Korea, Nepal, Cuba, Palestine, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia and Iran all sent messages, which were read out by Speaker Khin Aung Myint.

Dr. Myat Nyarna Soe, an MP in the National Democratic Force,  also issued a statement of felicitations.

In other business, Minister of Commerce Tin Naing Thein responded to a question regarding opening more border trade gates, saying more border trade gates cannot be opened because of security concerns, the disproportionate trade and the difficulty of reaching agreements with neighbouring countries.

Minister for Agriculture and Irrigation Htay Oo answered a query about the use of chemical insecticides by farmers, saying that 19 brands of chemical insecticides had been banned and anyone who sold the banned products would face legal action.

Four MPs in the USDP, Win Myint, Myint Aung, Kyaw Kyaw Htay, and Khin Maung Aye have resigned. An MP said that they resigned from Parliament because they would be employed as members of the Union Civil Services Board, which has yet to be formed.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 30 March 2011 12:39 )  

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