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Suu Kyi hopeful oath dispute will be overcome soon

Last Updated: Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 13:02

Yangon: Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she is hopeful her party’s dispute over the wording of Myanmar’s legislative oath will be overcome soon.

Suu Kyi calls the issue a “technical problem” and says it should not end in political deadlock.

Suu Kyi and dozens of other opposition members refused to take up their newly won seats in Parliament this week because of the dispute, which could potentially unravel the unprecedented detente between her party and the military-backed government.

Suu Kyi wants phrasing in the lawmakers’ oath changed from “safeguard” to “respect” the Constitution, which her party wants to see amended because it gives inordinate power to the military.
Suu Kyi spoke during a news conference on Thursday after meeting Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 13:02

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