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NLD opens office in Naypyitaw, Burma’s capital

The National League of Democracy (NLD) opened an office in Naypyitaw, Burma’s capital, on Wednesday, marking the rise of the once suppressed opposition political party, many of whose members now hold a seat in Parliament after serving prison terms for their pro-democracy activities.

Aung San Suu Kyi speaks at the opening of the National League for Democracy office in  Naypyitaw, Burma's capital, on Wednesday, August 15, 2012. Photo: NLD marked another milestone in the evolution of the once suppressed opposition party’s rise to political eminence, as Aung San Suu Kyi and NLD lawmakers, many former political prisoners, assume leading roles in the country’s Parliament. The office is located in Tha Pyay Kone Quarter in Zabuthiri Township.

NLD President Aung San Su Kyi addressed the gathered crowd, stressing the party’s focus on grassroots people and policies.

“Nowadays, the youth are faced with problems of joblessness,” she said. “The reason is that they are losing farmlands. We need to improve the economic, educational and health sectors for the people.

“The people have to depend on themselves and not on others. Our party will cooperate with the people,” she said.

Officials said the office would offer training to members of parliament and arrange meetings on the affairs of Parliament. Volunteer lawyers will be available on Saturday and Sunday to help people with legal cases, said the NLD.

Last week, Suu Kyi was named to chair the newly formed Rule of Law and Tranquility Committee in the Lower House of Parliament.

The committee has a wide range of oversight involving civil servants, judicial bodies, legislation and media, and it can report its findings to the Parliament. The Union-level committee could also propose amendments or legislation in the Lower House, he said.

During her by-election campaign, Suu Kyi made the rule of law a major campaign issue.
 
On Monday, Suu Kyi met with an Asian Development Bank delegation led by Stephen P. Groff, the vice president for East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific, to exchange views on Myanmar's development challenges.

After the meeting, in a press conference, she emphasized the importance of empowerment and promoting sustainable, inclusive economic development and job creation.

During the meeting, the ADB's re-engagement with Burma was discussed