It is a day for which Aung San Suu Kyi and her supporters have been waiting for more than two decades. The Nobel peace laureate and leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD) will finally take her seat at the head of Myanmar’s government when the new parliament sits on Monday.
It comes 26 years after Suu Kyi won a substantial parliamentary majority in the parliamentary elections in 1990 — a result that was subsequently nullified — and two months after the NLD’s landslide victory in the 2015 vote.
On Friday, outgoing President Thein Sein pledged that members of the old government ‘would cooperate with the next government to bring peace and development to the country,’ according to a statement on the president’s website. ‘We will work to get human rights and democracy as well as peace,’ said NLD MP Nyein Thit while speaking with the media.
Meanwhile, Myanmar political analyst Khin Zaw Win stated that the moment was a historic one for the country, ‘This is what we have tried to do, tried to achieve and fight for all these years, but when the moment really comes, a lot of worries have come as part of the package,’ he said, adding that Aung San Suu Kyi and her colleagues would have to learn fast on the job.