Myanmar's Suu Kyi prepares to take part in new parliament

Aung San Suu Kyi's victorious pro-democracy party preparing to form country's first democratically elected government

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, center, leaves after attending a regular session of Union Parliament Thursday, Jan 28, 2016, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar.

Members of Aung San Suu Kyi's victorious pro-democracy party will take their seats in parliament on February 1, beginning a new era for a nation that was under army rule for decades.

Myanmar's democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday bid farewell to outgoing lawmakers and prepared to form the country's first democratically elected government since the 1960s.

Suu Kyi led her National League for Democracy(NLD) to a big majority in landmark elections in November, crowning the struggle against almost half a century of military rule.

There was an emotional ceremony in Naypyitaw, the capital of Myanmar. The public, outgoing and incoming lawmakers from all parties and also members of the military performed traditional dances to celebrate the transition and the end of the first term of parliament.

The new government will take office slowly under the complex political system - it can only be formed after current President Thein Sein steps down on March 31.

"I am very excited to be here. I will work very hard to promote female rights and to create more opportunities for our women," said Myint Myint Soe, a newly elected NLD member of parliament.

NLD leaders have reassured the army and mentioned their future plans and have also agreed to not pursue any constitutional changes.

"If they agree to amend the constitution earlier, it would show their faith in the country and their sympathy towards the people," said Tin Oo, one of the party's most respected leaders.

"But the NLD policy towards the military for now is not to put any pressure on them," he said.

TRTWorld and agencies