Aung San Suu Kyi takes seat in Myanmar’s parliament for first time

Myanmar pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi(C) and elected lawmakers of her National League for Democracy party swear during a regular session of Myanmar Lower House at parliament in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Wednesday, May 2, 2012. Suu Kyi was sworn in to Myanmar’s military-backed parliament Wednesday, taking public office for the first time since launching her struggle against authoritarian rule nearly a quarter century ago. <AP/Newsis>

NAY PYI TAW — Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of Myanmar’s National League for Democracy (NLD) and parliament representative-elect, arrived at the legislature building in Nay Pyi Taw Wednesday morning and started to take seat in the parliament for the first time.

Suu Kyi, along with all 42 other elected law makers of her party except three, who are on official visit to Australia, were sworn in to the parliament’s two houses about half an hour after their arrival in the presence of the two-house speakers and other existing parliament members using the existing office oath word of “safeguarding the constitution” as a concession to the oath word issue.

A total of 34 NLD elected MPs including Suu Kyi and excluding the absent three took the seats of the House of Representatives, while four others took the seats of the House of Nationalities.

As far as the House of Representatives is concerned, the total number of the attendees on Wednesday’s session including the NLD freshers amounted to 343.

NLD, in Monday’s announcement, had insisted on its original stance of “respecting the constitution” rather than “safeguarding the constitution” despite decision to make parliament debut taking the unchanged oath word as a flexibility for a peaceful compromise to end the standoff.

The NLD’s move was also said to be made to fulfill the wishes of the broad mass of  people and voters and in response to the appeal made by lawmakers of nationalities parties to resolve the oath word issue from within the assembly.

Myanmar parliament’s two-house sessions resumed separately on April 23 to continue discussions on some law amendment bills remained to be dealt with after adjournment for a month, but NLD postponed its attendance then for it wanted to so change the said oath word of office from ” safeguard the constitution” to  ” respect the constitution” as already amended in the electoral law that opened way for Suu Kyi and her party to enter the by- elections.

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