Burma's Parliament to Convene January 31

Burma's state media announced Monday that the country's new parliament will convene for the first time on January 31.

The two-chamber national parliament will meet in the capital of Naypyidaw, nearly three months after November 7th's election. The poll was the first in 20 years and was widely criticized by democracy activists and Western countries as unfair.

The main army-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party claimed victory, winning 80 percent of available seats. One-quarter of the seats were already reserved for military appointees.

Burmese democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi, who was under house arrest during the election, refused to cast a ballot despite an invitation from the military government.

She was released from detention a week after the vote.