After Nobel Laureate and former political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi was allowed by the government of Myanmar to contest the elections held in April, she and those in her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), who won seats hesitated to participate in the swearing-in ceremony on account of the wording of the constitution, which still enshrines the military’s role in politics.
On May 1, shortly after Suu Kyi and the NLD conceded to take the parliamentary oath despite its wording, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon met with her on his visit to the country to encourage democratic reform. Ban said he welcomed her decision to compromise in the interests of the greater good:
“A real leader demonstrates flexibility for the greater cause of the people. This is what she has done yesterday, and I really admire and respect her decision.”