Suu Kyi to meet breakaway democracy group: party
Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi will meet former colleagues who rebelled against her election boycott and formed a new party to fight the controversial poll, the breakaway group said on Thursday.world Updated: Dec 23, 2010 19:20 IST
Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi will meet former colleagues who rebelled against her election boycott and formed a new party to fight the controversial poll, the breakaway group said on Thursday.
The December 30 meeting will be the first held between Suu Kyi and members of the National Democratic Force (NDF) since her release from house arrest days after the November vote, NDF leader Khin Maung Swe told AFP.
"We will explain to her that we formed a party for national reconciliation, as confrontation is not the way to achieve democracy," he said.
The NDF was formed by senior members of Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD), which was disbanded for boycotting the poll.
The breakaway group won 16 seats in the election after fielding 161 candidates but has complained of widespread fraud by the junta-backed party, which has claimed an overwhelming victory.
"I want to meet her as soon as possible. I haven't seen her for about two decades already. She was in detention when I was freed from my prison sentence," Khin Maung Swe said.
Suu Kyi spent much of the last two decades in detention and was locked up and marginalised during Myanmar's first poll in 20 years.
Her party won a landslide victory in 1990 but was never allowed to take power.
Suu Kyi told AFP in a recent interview that she wanted dialogue with the government and has proposed writing a letter to Senior General Than Shwe, but has heard nothing from the junta so far.
Myanmar, which has been ruled by the military since 1962, has been condemned by the West for an election critics say was a sham designed to shore up army rule.