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Myanmar: Ban's parliamentary speech, NLD lifts parliamentary ban

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Myanmar: Ban's parliamentary speech, NLD lifts parliamentary ban


The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has made an historic address to the Myanmar parliament, praising the vision and courage of President Thein Sein and the opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Change is happening quickly in the country once known as Burma. Ban said the pace of reform was ‘impressive’ after half a century of rule by a brutal military regime.

He also said there was still work to do on reforms.

Ban told the chamber: “This parliament can transform people’s aspirations for democracy and a better life into concrete change.”

The opposition National League for Democracy are to lift their boycott of parliament and will now take their seats, after resolving a dispute over the wording of the oath of allegiance.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s party secured a landslide victory in elections earlier this month. She said they would attend parliament as a gesture of respect to the desires of the people.

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