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NLD takes wait and see approach on oath
Critic says party knew about wording, should fight for amendment from within
- Thomas Toe, Yangon, and Mark Chit, Mandalay
- April 24, 2012
U Ohn Kyaing said the party has taken a â€śwait and seeâ€ť approach as party head Aung San Suu Kyi and others continue to insist on changes to the oath, which charges MPs to â€śprotectâ€ť the constitution.
The spokesman said the partyâ€™s MPs would not join the parliamentary session â€śjust for sittingâ€ť but rather to carry out their intentions of supporting the rule of law, internal peace and amendments to the 2008 constitution to bring it more in line with democratic norms.
â€śItâ€™s too early to say what we will do if the government does not make the amendment [to the oath],â€ť he said, adding that people supported the party on the basis of its platform.
â€śPeople have voted for us and if we do not keep our promise â€¦ they will not trust us anymore.â€ť
U Thein Than Oo, a legal consultant based in Mandalay, said the NLD had tacitly accepted the 2008 constitution by taking part in the April 1 by-elections.
â€śIf they did not accept it, they should not have taken part in the by-elections.â€ť
Aung Thu Nyein, a Burmese analyst with the Vahu Development Institute, said the NLD had made a mistake in taking a stand on the oath.
â€śI think the NLD should participate in the parliament and then they should propose comprehensive political and economic reform strategies,â€ť he said in an interview this week with the Democratic Voice of Burma.
Suu Kyi camp claims near clean sweep