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Renaud Egreteau -- How powerless are Myanmar's military legislators?

Military officers sign into the upper parliament for the swearing in of the new NLD-led government in Naypyidaw on March 30. (Photo by Steve Tickner)

When the National League for Democracy took control of Myanmar's national parliament after its electoral triumph last November, a fundamental rebalancing of Myanmar's legislative landscape was expected. Most observers thought that the military representatives, who hold an allocation of 25% of all parliamentary seats, would serve as the main opposition to the NLD, which controls about 58% of the Union parliament, as the bicameral legislature is known.

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