May 2 - Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi enters parliament, ushering in a historic new era after years of oppressive military rule. Paul Chapman reports.
Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi takes the oath of office in parliament. Her National League for Democracy Party backed down on Monday in a row over the wording. Her arrival to take up her seat in parliament marks a historic new era after years of oppressive military rule. SOUNDBITE: AUNG SAN SUU KYI, NLD LEADER, SAYING (English): "We would like our parliament to be in line with genuine democratic values. It's not because we want to remove anybody as such. We just want to make the kind of improvements that remain - a national assembly, a truly democratic one." Some of her political opponents appear to be welcoming her arrival at last. SOUNDBITE: WIN 00, UNION SOLIDARITY AND DEVELOPMENT (USDP) PARTY SAYING (Burmese): "The fact that Suu Kyi has come to the parliament is good because, as we've said so many times, if we want to achieve something for the benefit of the people and the country we should let sleeping dogs lie. Please come in to the parliament. Let's do this together." Suu Kyi's party swept the board by all but one seat in by-elections held on April 1st but its members refused to enter parliament. They wanted the oath changed from 'safeguard the constitution' to 'respect the constitution'. The party wants to amend the constitution to reduce the political role of the military. Paul Chapman, Reuters