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Burma’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will travel outside Rangoon next week for the first time since her release, but politics will not be on the agenda, a party source said on Friday.
Suu Kyi will fly to the ancient city of Bagan with her son Kim Aris on Monday for a private visit, said a senior member of her National League for Democracy (NLD) who did not want to be named because the trip is not being made public.
“It will be her first personal trip to accompany her son,” the person said, adding that the pair would stay about five days. “We haven’t made a plan yet for her political tour.”
The Nobel Peace Prize winner’s earlier plan to launch a political tour had prompted a demand from the regime for her party to stay out of politics, and a warning that ‘chaos and riots’ could ensue if she went ahead.
Official media said on Wednesday the home affairs ministry had written to Suu Kyi, who spent most of the past two decades locked up at the hands of the junta, to state that her party’s activities had broken the law.
It is the first time since she was released last year that the authorities have explicitly warned her to stay out of politics.
A political tour would be a test of both the opposition leader’s popularity following an election that left her sidelined from politics, and of her ability to travel around the country unhindered by the authorities.