Aung San Suu Kyi completed her historic journey from political prisoner to parliamentarian Wednesday,assuming public office for the first time in a risky new strategy to work alongside Myanmars new reform-minded government after her 24-year struggle against military rule.
The session Wednesday cements a detente between Suu Kyis party and the administration of President Thein Sein,which came to power last year after the nations long-ruling army junta stepped down.
The 66-year-old democracy leader will have almost no power in the assembly,but shell nevertheless have an official voice in the legislative branch.
On Wednesday,Suu Kyi and several dozen of her National League for Democracy party brethren recited the oath in Naypyitaw,as the ruling party and the army looked on. Suu Kyi said,We have to now work within the parliament as well as outside the parliament as we have been doing all along.