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Myanmar invites ASEAN states to observe April bi-elections

JAKARTA, March 20 (Xinhua) — Myanmar invited the ASEAN Secretariat and member states to observe the April 1 bi-elections, a press statement from the organization said here on Tuesday.

Myanmar planned to invite a five-member Observer Delegate, including two Parliamentarians and three media staff from each ASEAN member state.

In its invitation letter to the ASEAN Secretariat, Myanmar requested the teams to arrive in Yangon on March 28, to attend a briefing the following day.

The April bi-elections in Myanmar have attracted a lot of attention.

Myanmar has urged relevant countries to lift sanctions, and allow the country to pursue its development to improve the living standards of its people.

Last month, in response to the recommendation of ASEAN Secretary-General Dr Surin Pitsuwan, during his visit, Myanmar President Thein Sein said, “We will seriously consider having observers from ASEAN and the ASEASN Secretariat during the April elections.”

The two leaders agreed that such a move would boost transparency, which will add to the international goodwill that Myanmar had attracted so far.

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