9 Jul 2012

Myanmar's Suu Kyi takes seat in parliament

9:33 pm on 9 July 2012

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has taken her seat in parliament, marking a new phase in her fight to bring democracy to Myanmar.

It is the final step in the 67-year-old's transition from activist to politician.

Ms Suu Kyi first sat in the parliament briefly in May this year when she and 36 other members of her National League for Democracy were sworn after winning seats at historic by-elections in April.

The parliament then adjourned and she and her colleagues are now making their debut at a sitting session on Monday, the ABC reports.

Ms Suu Kyi was supposed to take her seat last week, but postponed to rest after a gruelling trip to Europe.

Pressing issues for the parliament, which is still overwhelmingly led by the military and its political allies, include economic reforms and recent communal violence in the west of the country.

As she arrived at parliament, Ms Suu Kyi said: "I'll try my best for the country."