Suu Kyi makes Myanmar parliamentary debut
MYANMAR: Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi made her
historic parliamentary debut Monday, marking a new phase in her near
quarter century struggle to bring democracy to her army-dominated
homeland. Suu Kyi, whose unswerving campaigning saw her locked up for
years by the former junta and earned her a Nobel Peace Prize, appeared
calm as she arrived to take her seat as an elected politician for the
first time in the capital Naypyidaw.
“I will try my best for the country,” she told AFP.
The democracy champion's first taste of public office comes at an
uncertain time for Myanmar after recent communal violence and a series
of student arrests cast a shadow over promising changes in the former
But it also comes amid expectations that several senior hardliners
are to be replaced by reformists in an imminent cabinet reshuffle that
would mark the first major change of personnel in the top echelons of
government since it replaced junta rule last year.