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Burma: Official date set for Suu Kyi's entry to parliament

The National League for Democracy confirms its leader Aung Sang Suu Kyi will take her seat on Apr. 23.

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The leader of Burma's National League for Democracy Aung San Suu Kyi walks out of her party headquarters on Apr. 7, 2012. (Soe Than Win/AFP/Getty Images)

The leader of Burma's opposition National League for Democracy and pro-democracy icon will take her seat in parliament for the first time on Apr. 23.

AFP quotes the NLD spokesman Nyan Win as saying that the Nobel laureate would travel to the capital Naypyidaw by Apr. 22 to attend a new session of the lower house the following day.

Earlier this month the NLD won 43 of the 44 seats contested in the Apr. 1 by-elections, CNN explains.  The other seat was claimed by the Shan Party.

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However, it adds that control of parliament will not change because more than 80% of the 664 seats are still held by members of the military-backed ruling party, the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP).

Despite this, the Australian Broadcasting Corporations says that election to political office marks the latest "sweeping change" in the country, which had been ruled by the military junta until last year.

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It describes how Suu Kyi has spent 15 of the past 22 years in detention, and that although she earned a landslide victory in 1990 elections, the result was never recognized by the junta.

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