Members arrive for the opening of Burma's parliament
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Suu Kyi's NLD 'boycott' at opening of Burma's parliament

Burma's parliament has opened amid a 'boycott' by the party of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, because of a row over the oath of office for MPs.

The National League for Democracy (NLD) want to swear to "respect", rather than "safeguard" the constitution, which they say is undemocratic.

The constitution was drawn up by Burma's former military junta. It reserves 25% of all seats in parliament for the military.

The NLD says it is confident the dispute over the parliamentary oath can be settled, but no one appears to be quite sure how or when, as the BBC's Rachel Harvey reports from Bangkok.

  • 23 Apr 2012
  • From the section Asia