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Burma President Dismisses Suu Kyi

Burmese President Thein Sein said Monday that he will not change the current parliamentary loyalty oath for MPs at the request of Democratic leader Aung Sung Suu Kyi. Speaking to reporters in Tokyo, Thein Sein said he welcomed the Nobel Peace Prize winner but that she should “work for the people, rather than her own party.” Suu Kyi refused to take her seat during parliament’s reopening on Monday in the first sign of tension between Thein Sein’s reformist government and Suu Kyi since her National League for Democracy party’s victory at the polls on April 1. Suu Kyi has repeatedly cited amending the constitution as one of her political goals.