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New parliament electing ethnic minorities to key posts

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Aung San Suu Kyi at the first session of Myanmar's new parliament on Feb. 1   © Reuters

NAYPYITAW -- The new parliament in Myanmar is spending some of its first hours appointing ethnic minorities to important posts, reflecting the ruling National League for Democracy's desire to ensure racial harmony in this ethnically diverse nation.

     General elections in November gave the party led by Aung San Suu Kyi a majority of seats in both the lower and upper houses. As the lower house held its first session with newly elected members on Monday, choosing a speaker and deputy speaker were one of the first orders of business for the freshman politicians.

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