Myanmar's Suu Kyi makes historic debut in parliament

May 2, 2012 06:56


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NAYPYITAW, Myanmar - Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi took her place in Myanmar's parliament on Wednesday, ushering in a historic new political era after nearly a quarter-century fight against military dictatorship.

The 66-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate waded through throngs of foreign and local reporters as she entered parliament in Naypyitaw to join a fragile new political system after 49 years of oppressive army rule.

Suu Kyi and 33 members of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party who swept by-elections on April 1 took their seats after backing down from a demand to change the wording of the oath that new members take. Three more will join them in the lower house later.

Asked by Reuters as she walked toward the chamber if this marked an important day for Myanmar, Suu Kyi said: "I think only time will tell."

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