Myanmar's politicians braced for more drama as ousted leader opens parliament

August 18, 2015 5:16 AM

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Myanmar's politicians braced for more drama as ousted leader opens parliament

The embattled speaker of Myanmar's parliament opened the lower house Tuesday for what will likely be a fractious session, with ruling party factions facing each other for the first time since the president sacked him from a leadership post last week.

President Thein Sein's purge of Shwe Mann and his allies from the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) leadership marked the biggest shake-up in the political establishment since a junta stepped aside in 2011, ending 49 years of military rule.

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