Myanmar opposition icon Suu Kyi meets president for first time as parliamentarian

Posted on Tuesday, August 14th, 2012 and is filed under International News, News Headline. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.



Myanmar opposition leader and pro-democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi spent years under house arrest

Bangkok, Thailand — Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi met with the country’s president Sunday, the first such meeting since the opposition figure joined parliament, a government official said.

The two-hour meeting between Suu Kyi and President Thein Sein took place around 9 a.m. in Nay Pi Taw, said the official, who is not authorized to speak to the media.

Suu Kyi, a pro-democracy campaigner who spent years under house arrest, was recently appointed by Myanmar’s lower house to chair the newly-created Committee on Rule of Law and Tranquility.

Suu Kyi has met Sein twice previously, with the last meeting in April.

For decades, Myanmar was ruled by a repressive military junta. But in recent years, the generals have relaxed their grip on power, letting Sein’s administration to push through a series of changes such as peace talks with rebel groups and the release of hundreds of political prisoners.

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