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Myanmar bishops pleased with Aung San Suu Kyi decision to enter parliament

Catholic World News - May 02, 2012

The Catholic bishops of Myanmar have said that the participation of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi in the nation’s parliament is “a good sign for the future of the country.”

A spokesman for the Catholic hierarchy said that the bishops were “delighted” to learn that Aung San Suu Kyi had decided not to boycott parliament, responding to pleas for unity in the Asian country.

The National League for Democracy, led by Aung San Suu Kyi, won a clear majority in 1990 elections in the country (then known as Burma), but the elections were nullified by the ruling military junta and she was placed under house arrest. She was finally released last November, and her party won 43 of the 45 parliamentary seats contested in April 2012 elections.

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