Myanmar: Aung San Suu Kyi takes parliament oath, ending standoff

Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s opposition leader, took the oath of parliament on Wednesday, ending a crisis over the wording of the pledge and ushering in a new era for the once-isolated country, Reuters reported.

The parliament chamber was “stacked with uniformed soldiers,” and it is unclear whether Suu Kyi will be able to continue to shepherd promised changes after the military dictatorship suddenly relaxed political restrictions last year. Suu Kyi spent 15 years in detention for her pro-democracy advocacy. 

More from GlobalPost: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon calls for unity in Myanmar

She promised an “overhaul of Myanmar’s army-drafted constitution,” wrote the news wire.

CNN reported that the controversy over the wording of the oath was due to phrase that called for lawmakers to “protect” the constitution, which pro-democracy lawmakers from the National League for Democracy (NLD) say is undemocratic. Eventually the new lawmakers “backed down” from their demands.

“Suu Kyi said she would take the oath ‘for the country and for the people.'”

More from GlobalPost: World Bank to open an office in Myanmar

The NLD holds few seats in the military-dominated parliament, and the Associated Press wrote that ” there are fears the presence of the opposition lawmakers could simply legitimize the regime without any change.”

Speaking to reporters following the oath, Suu Kyi said she aimed “to carry out our duties within the parliament as we have been carrying out our duties outside the parliament for the last 20 or so years.”

You can also learn about all our free newsletter options.

No comments yet

Leave a Reply