In Myanmar began a parliamentary session after the first in the last 25 years of democratic elections in the country, where 80% of votes received national League for democracy, led by Nobel peace prize 70-year-old Aung San Suu Kyi.
For the 644 seats in the Parliament of Myanmar has fought more than 6 thousand candidates from 90 parties, but 25% of the seats in Parliament are reserved for representatives of the army, which are not elected democratically. The number of voters of Myanmar is about 30 million.
On Monday morning hundreds of members from National League for democracy, many of them former political prisoners, was held in Parliament place.
Recall that Aung San Suu Kyi – the daughter of one of the founding fathers of the Burmese government, was drawn into politics almost by accident. Aung San Suu Kyi lived for many years in the UK, but in 1988 she returned to Burma to care for a seriously ill mother.
At this time in the country there were mass demonstrations by supporters of democracy that was suppressed by the authorities. Suu Kyi also took part in them, and then became the founder of the National League for democracy. Shortly thereafter, she was arrested for the first time.
In 1990, already being in prison, she won a convincing election victory and was to become Prime Minister of Burma. But the military elite, which since 1962, is the authority in the country, ignored the election results. A year later Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel peace prize.