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Myanmar's Suu Kyi Joins Parliament

May 02, 2012

Myanmar's pro-democracy opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been sworn in to the country's military-backed parliament along with 33 other members of her National League for Democracy.

The 66-year-old is taking public office for the first time since launching her struggle against authoritarian rule nearly a quarter century ago.

The government of President Thein Sein had undertaken months of unexpected reforms since taking power last year, including the holding of April 1 elections, in which Suu Kyi won a seat.

On May 2 she took an oath to "safeguard" the army-created constitution after earlier protesting the wording of the pledge.

While her party is a small minority in the assembly, they have promised to push for reform.

Suu Kyi was formerly one of the world's most prominent prisoners of conscience, held under house arrest for much of the last two decades.

Based on reporting by AP, dpa, and Reuters


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