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Suu Kyi's party to form Myanmar government

Monday, February 01, 2016 - 01:18

Myanmar's democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi sits in parliament as new lawmakers choose the first democratically-elected government. Rough cut. (No reporter narration.)

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EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 Myanmar's newly-elected lawmakers arrived at a National League for Democracy (NLD) dominated parliament on Monday (February 1) in the capital, Naypyitaw. The country's parliament TV, Hluttaw TV, showed democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi sitting in parliament, as proceedings got underway to choose the country's first democratically-elected government since the military took power in 1962. Although the NLD won some 80 percent of elected seats in November's historic vote, the junta-drafted constitution will force it to share power with the army that for years has suppressed, often brutally, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and her allies. The first sitting of the NLD-dominated parliament is another step in Myanmar's drawn-out transition which started with the election and will go on until the NLD government officially starts its term in April. Expectations are towering for Suu Kyi, who spent 15 years under house arrest after the NLD swept to power in 1990 but was barred from taking office, and is regarded with an almost religious-like zeal in the Southeast Asian nation. But under the 2008 constitution, Suu Kyi is barred from becoming president because her children are not Myanmar citizens. She has given no indication as to who will take over from outgoing President Thein Sein and the NLD has no clear number two. Suu Kyi has said she will be "above the president", and in complete control of the government, but the NLD has not explained how she will do this.

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Suu Kyi's party to form Myanmar government

Monday, February 01, 2016 - 01:18