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Suu Kyi wishes to be on Twitter

world Updated: Oct 19, 2010 00:25 IST

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Myanmar's detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi wants to get a Twitter account once she is released from house arrest so she can get in touch with the younger generation after years of isolation, her lawyer said on Monday.

The 65-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner, who has been detained by the military government for 15 of the past 21 years, entered her latest period of detention in May 2003, before the Twitter era started.

Her detention expires on November 13, prompting speculation she will be freed though there has been no such official announcement from the ruling junta. The country's first election in 20 years will take place days earlier on November 7.

“Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's current wish is to sign up on Twitter when she is released,” said her lawyer Nyan Win.

“She told me she wants to use Twitter to get in touch with the younger generation inside and outside the country,” he said. “She wishes to be able to tweet every day and keep in touch.”