Lawmakers arrive to participate in the inaugural session of Myanmar's lower house parliament Monday, Feb. 1, 2016 in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)
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Myanmar entered a new political era Monday as Aung San Suu Kyi's pro-democracy MPs took their seats in parliament, carrying the hopes of a nation subjugated for decades by the military.That poll saw the NLD wrest a majority from the army establishment and has spurred hopes of a new political dawn in the long repressed nation.Many NLD MPs are also political novices, unskilled in the business of government.After decades under the military yoke, Myanmar's people queued in their thousands to cast ballots for Suu Kyi and her party in November, throwing their support behind her simple campaign message of "change".With a resounding parliamentary majority, her lawmakers are -- at least initially -- expected to act as a rubber stamp for her government.
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