Suu Kyi party refuse seats over oath

2012-04-22 20:20

Yangon - Myanmar's main opposition movement says Aung San Suu Kyi and the rest of her party's newly elected lawmakers will not attend Monday's opening session of parliament because of a disagreement over the wording of the oath of office.

The opposition National League for Democracy is rejecting wording in the lawmakers' oath that says they must safeguard the constitution, which they want to see amended in part because they say it places too much power in the hands of the military.

Suu Kyi's absence was expected, since the party has already said it would not attend the assembly's next session until the issue is resolved.

Opposition lawmaker Ohn Kyaing confirmed on Sunday the refusal to attend, but said he believed the issue would be overcome quickly.

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