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First parliamentary session for Aung San Suu Kyi

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First parliamentary session for Aung San Suu Kyi


Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has attended her first session of parliament since her National League for Democracy’s success in by-elections in April.

The Nobel prize winner, now back in Myanmar after travelling abroad for the first time in more than two decades, vowed to try to do her best for her country.

She takes her seat 22 years after her party’s election victory that was ignored by the military. Suu Kyi then spent years under house arrest.

The parliament is still largely dominated by the military and its allies. However the recent departure of several conservatives from the government is thought likely to strengthen the hand of reformists.

The National League for Democracy is the main opposition party with about ten percent of the number of seats.

Over the coming days, the parliament will tackle the problem of community violence in the west of the country between Muslims and Buddhists, which caused dozens of deaths in June.

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