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Myanmar’s Suu Kyi to take Parliament seat April 23

YANGON, Myanmar – Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will take her seat in Parliament for the first time on April 23, following her historic election victory this month.

Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party won 43 seats in an April 1 by-election and will become the main opposition presence in Myanmar’s Parliament, which is dominated by allies of the former military regime.

Party spokesman Nyan Win said today that Suu Kyi received her official invitation to take her lower house seat when the next parliamentary session starts this month.

The polls were viewed as a milestone for Myanmar, as it emerges from a half-century of military rule, and an astonishing reversal of fortune for the former political prisoner.