April 9th, 2012
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Aung San Suu Kyi will take seat on April 23

Aung-San-Suu-KyiYangon: Myanmar’s Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi shall take her seat in Parliament for the first time on April 23, 2012. The veteran dissident’s National League for Democracy (NLD) won 43 seats in April 1 by-elections. She will become the main opposition presence in Myanmar’s Parliament, which is dominated by allies of the former military regime.

Ms Suu Kyi’s election to political office marks the latest sweeping change in the country after decades of outright military rule ended last year. The Nobel laureate would travel to the capital Naypyidaw by April 22 in time to attend a new session of the lower house the following day.

Ms Suu Kyi received her official invitation to take her Lower House seat when the next parliamentary session starts later this month. The pro-democracy leader spent 15 of the past 22 years locked up by the former junta and was released in late 2010 just days after a controversial election won by the military’s political proxies. Ms Suu Kyi said during recent campaigning that her main goals as a lawmaker would be to work towards rule of law, national peace and an amendment of the junta-drafted constitution to make it more democratic.


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