Thursday 19 October 2017

Suu Kyi sworn in as MP in Burmese parliament

Aung San Suu Kyi (pictured) was sworn in as a lawmaker yesterday, capping a tenacious, decades-long journey from political prisoner to parliamentarian that will enable Burma's main opposition party to take its struggle for democratic rule inside the country's army-backed government for the first time.

The swearing-in ceremony in the capital, Naypyitaw, cements a fragile detente between Ms Suu Kyi's movement and the administration of President Thein Sein, which has engineered a series of sweeping reforms since taking power from a military junta last year.

Mobbed by reporters after the ceremony, Ms Suu Kyi said she would not give up the struggle she has led since 1988.

"We would like our parliament to be in line with genuine democratic values. It's not because we want to remove anybody," she said

Irish Independent

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