Suu Kyi takes her place in parliament


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The Independent Online

Aung San Suu Kyi was sworn in as a Burmese MP yesterday, capping a tenacious, decades-long journey from political prisoner to parliamentarian that will enable the country's main opposition party to take its struggle for democratic rule inside the country's army-backed government for the first time.

The swearing-in ceremony in Naypyitaw cements a fragile detente between Ms Suu Kyi's movement and the administration of President Thein Sein, which has engineered a series of reforms since taking power from the military junta last year.

But some analysts see her entry into the legislative branch as a gamble which will achieve little beyond legitimising a regime that needs her support to end years of isolation from the West and get lingering sanctions lifted.