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NLD Balks at Oath on Constitution

12 April 2012

The National League for Democracy (NLD), Burma’s main opposition party, says that an oath that new MPs must swear before joining Parliament could be a hurdle for the party’s candidates elected last week. The vow to safeguard the country’s military-drafted Constitution runs contrary to the NLD’s insistence that key provisions of the charter be scrapped—specifically, those that guarantee the armed forces a leading role in national politics. “It is impossible for NLD elected candidates to take that oath when they join Parliament,” NLD spokesman Nyan Win was quoted by Reuters as saying.