The Myanmar military has re- nominated some 59 new representatives to parliament to substitute part of the old ones, according to an announcement of the Union Election Commission made public on Monday.
Of the 59 new military representatives of higher ranks, who are non-elected, 39 are to the House of Representatives (Lower House) and 20 to the House of Nationalities (Upper House).
The new substitution nomination came hours before Myanmar parliament's third session is to resume in Nay Pyi Taw on Monday after adjournment for a month to continue discussions on some law amendment bills remained to be dealt with. The parliament session is also the first after the April 1 by- elections.
The parliament members representing the military in both houses account for over 100 or 25% of the total which amounts to over 600, of which elected members take nearly 500 — over 300 with the House of Representatives and over 100 with the House of Nationalities.
Of the total parliamentary seats, the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party hold nearly 60%.
In the April 1 by-elections, the National League for Democracy led by Aung San Suu Kyi won 43 seats of the 45 open seats for contest at the three-level parliament.
European Union suspends sanctions
The European Union on Monday rewarded Myanmar's "historic changes" by suspending a wide range of trade, economic and individual sanctions, but left intact an arms embargo, diplomats told AFP.
Foreign ministers from the 27-nation bloc meeting for talks in Luxembourg agreed a one-year suspension of measures targeting almost 500 individuals and more than 800 firms.
Suspension of the sanctions is intended to bolster sweeping reforms in the one-time pariah nation that culminated in opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's poll to parliament on April 1.