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NLD to take seats in parliament
Suu Kyi's party backtracks on oath row to 'fulfill wishes of the people'Aung San Suu Kyi at NLD headquarters in Yangon on April 28
- Thomas Toe and John Zaw, Yangon
- April 30, 2012
The climb down over the wording of the oath is in order to fulfill the wishes of the people and other ethnic lawmakers,Â the pro-democracy opposition leader said today.
âPolitics is an issue of give and take,â she told reporters in Yangon today. âWe are not giving up. We are just yielding to the aspirations of the people.â
NLD spokesman and newly elected MP, Ohn Kyaing said the partyâs position regarding the oath and the constitution has not changed.
âOur chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi has decided to attend parliament, as the public and ethnic lawmakers are eager to see us there,â 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 âsafeguardâ a constitution the party wants to change. Instead the new MPs wanted to say they would ârespectâ the constitution.
âMPs will attend parliament and swear to âsafeguardâ the constitution. But our policy towards the charter will not change,â said Tin Oo, a senior NLD official.