(NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar) — Myanmar makes history as the country’s first democratic-dominated parliament in over 50 years holds its first session.
Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD), will sit as the head of the country’s government Monday for a new session of parliament.
Elected in November, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and her camp hold nearly 80 percent of the seats. The rest belong to the military, who suppressed Suu Kyi and other supporters of the NLD for years.
One of parliament’s first plans on the agenda will be to choose a new president to replace the outgoing President Thein Sein who steps down in March. Suu Kyi is not permitted to be president because of constitutional law that disbars people with children who are citizens of other countries to be president. Both of her sons are British and not Burmese.
Suu Kyi spent a total of 15 years under house arrest over 21 years in her political career. As she became a face in the global fight for democracy, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said in 2012 according to BBC, “She has been a symbol of our hope of human rights for all.”
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Source: World News