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NLD to take seats in parliament

Suu Kyi's party backtracks on oath row to 'fulfill wishes of the people'

NLD to take seats in parliament
Aung San Suu Kyi at NLD headquarters in Yangon on April 28
Thomas Toe and John Zaw, Yangon
Myanmar

April 30, 2012

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Aung San Suu Kyi and other lawmakers from the National League for Democracy (NLD) will take their seats in parliament on Wednesday despite their objections to the oath of office. The climb down over the wording of the oath is in order to fulfill the wishes of the people and other ethnic lawmakers, the pro-democracy opposition leader said today. “Politics is an issue of give and take,” she told reporters in Yangon today. “We are not giving up. We are just yielding to the aspirations of the people.” NLD spokesman and newly elected MP, Ohn Kyaing said the party’s position regarding the oath and the constitution has not changed. “Our chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi has decided to attend parliament, as the public and ethnic lawmakers are eager to see us there,” he said. He admitted that Suu Kyi forgot to bring up the objection to the oath during recent talks with President Thein Sein, though she did discuss amending the political party registration law, he said. The NLD says it objects to the oath because it asks MPs to “safeguard” a constitution the party wants to change. Instead the new MPs wanted to say they would “respect” the constitution. “MPs will attend parliament and swear to ‘safeguard’ the constitution. But our policy towards the charter will not change,” said Tin Oo, a senior NLD official.
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