“Only by winning can we be represented in parliament, and ultimately form a government,” said former President Thein Sein.
A source close to Thein Sein said the former president will begin his stint in the monkhood on the day Burma’s new government takes power.
The legacy of reforms that marked the early part of outgoing President Thein Sein’s administration has been marred by renewed repression.
Burma’s outgoing president leaves under a cloud of suspicion after it is reported that he withdrew a list of his assets submitted to parliament.
President Thein Sein’s government continues to arrest many activists, leaving the incoming NLD government with the task of releasing hundreds.
Leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations will meet Obama at a summit in the Californian resort of Sunnylands between 15 and 16 February.