Bangkok, Jan 12 (Agencies): Myanmar will hold its first session of an elected parliament on January 31 after more than two decades of military rule.

The announcement was made to the state media by the reclusive nation’s outgoing military-controlled ruling body, State Peace and Development Council (SPDC).

At its first session in the new capital Naypyidaw, the national legislature, elected in controversial polls in early November 2010, will accept a formal transfer of power from the SPDC.

The parliament elections were criticized by the West for not being free and fair and for excluding participation of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, whose party boycotted the polls.

The meeting of the national legislature will take place simultaneously with sittings of the regional and state Parliaments also elected in November last year.