Burma parliament reopens, all eyes on ousted USDP leader Shwe Mann
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Burma parliament reopens, all eyes on ousted USDP leader Shwe Mann

NAYPYITAW, Burma (AP) — Burma’s Parliament has reopened for its final session before a nationwide election, with the spotlight on the influential speaker following his ouster as head of the military-backed ruling party.

Shwe Mann said nothing to reporters as he entered the chambers.

But sources said he was being pressured to put forward a bill that could lead to his own impeachment — it says lawmakers who have lost the trust of their constituents can be stripped of their seats.

Burma (Myanmar) only recently started moving from dictatorship to democracy, but critics say the quasi-civilian government is still largely controlled by members of the old military elite.

As landmark elections near, tensions have increased between President Thein Sein and Shwe Mann, a reformist with close ties to opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.