Myamnar's former dictator Than Shwe supports Aung San Suu Kyi



    Myamnar's former dictator Than Shwe supports Aung San Suu Kyi

    Dec 6, Naypyidaw: Myanmar's former dictator sees erstwhile foe Aung San Suu Kyi as the country's "future leader" and has pledged support for her in a secret meeting even though she is barred by the constitution from becoming president, news reports said quoting his grandson.

    Friday's meeting between the two was revealed by General Than Shwe's grandson, who acted as intermediary. He said in a Facebook post the meeting had lasted two-and-a-half hours.

    Suu Kyi led her National League for Democracy (NLD) party to a landslide election victory in October. The election was the first openly contested general election in Myanmar (also known as Burma) in 25 years.

    According to news reports, 80-year-old General Than Shwe, who headed the country's military junta until he stepped down in 2011, still wields enormous influence.

    His grandson Nay Shwe Thway Aung quoted him as having said in the meeting: "It is the truth that she will become the future leader of the country," and "I will support her with all of my efforts".

    His grandson Nay Shwe Thway Aung quoted him as having said in the meeting: "It is the truth that she will become the future leader of the country," and "I will support her with all of my efforts".

    The Oslo Times

     
     

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