Aung San Suu Kyi took the oath of office to become an official member of Myanmar’s parliament on 2 May 2012. Suu Kyi, a Nobel Laureate, pro-democracy leader of Myanmar for the first time has held public office since launching her struggle against authoritarian rule nearly a quarter century ago.
With Suu Kyi assuming the charge of opposition leader in the
parliament an all new era of political transformation dawned in Myanmar.
But her National League for Democracy party don’t have enough seats in
the lower house to claim actual say in the ruling-party dominated house.
There are fears the presence of the opposition lawmakers could simply
legitimize the regime without any change.
The 66-year-old Suu Kyi was held under house arrest for much of the
past 20 years and was released in the wake of mounting pressure of the
international community on the Junta government.
In the by-election held on 1 April 2012 National League for Democracy
party led by Aung San Suu Kyi had won 43 of 45 seats on which elections
were held. The military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party
is in the power in Myanmar. The party was declared victorious in the
main elections held in 2010.