Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, center, leaves along with lawmakers after the final session of Myanmar's current parliament as it ends its five-year term on Friday, Jan. 29, 2016 in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)
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After decades of struggle, hundreds of lawmakers from Aung San Suu Kyi's camp will form Myanmar's ruling party Monday, with enough seats in parliament to choose the first democratically elected government since the military took power in 1962 .This week, the party will focus on appointing parliamentary speakers, who were announced last week. It will also prepare for the start of state and regional assemblies on Feb.8, some in places dominated by large ethnic minorities such as Shan State in the east or Rakhine in the west.Each of the parliament's two chambers will appoint its presidential candidate and the military officials who hold a quarter of seats will put forward their nominee. Under the 2008 constitution, Suu Kyi is barred from becoming president because her children are not Myanmar citizens.Suu Kyi has said she will be "above the president", and in complete control of the government, but the NLD has not explained how she will do this.
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