The 43 prospective MPs from the National League for Democracy (NLD) may not take their seats in Parliament until the government changes the wording of the oath that MPs must swear by―in particular, the pledge that they must “protect the Constitution.”
NLD spokesperson and lawyer Nyan Win told The Irrawaddy on Tuesday that the party is awaiting a response from President Thein Sein to a letter that party leaders sent him regarding the oath.
The president is due to travel to Tokyo for a five-day visit at the end of the week, leading to fears that such an amendment may take time.
Nyan Win said that the party members “want to respect the law,” but that the wording was “unacceptable.” He also confirmed that the elected candidates will meet in Rangoon on April 19-20 to seek legal guidance and to discuss parliamentary strategy. Continue reading “The 43 prospective MPs from the NLD may not take their seat Parliament”