Suu Kyi meets retired Snr-Gen. Than Shwe

Suu Kyi meets retired Snr-Gen. Than Shwe

Aung San Suu Kyi reportedly met with retired Snr-Gen. Than Shwe in Naypyidaw on Friday, following meetings with the president, military commander-in-chief, and house speaker earlier in the week.

Than Shwe is widely assumed to hold significant sway over the current government, despite assertions made by senior figures in the ruling-Union and Solidarity Development Party (USDP) that the former junta figure plays no role in policy-making.

No details have emerged as to the talking points between Suu Kyi, chairperson of the National League for Democracy Leader (NLD), and Than Shwe. According to local media, the NLD declined to officially confirm the meeting.

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The NLD won the 8 November election in a landslide victory, but will need to wait until the new parliament sits to form government.

The current parliament dissolves on 30 January 2016, after which the new government succeeds. Its first step is a vote to select a new president and two vice-presidents. The incoming NLD government will not sit in parliament until 1 April.

Meanwhile, on Friday, current house speaker and ousted USDP chairperson Shwe Mann released a statement stating that it is the “right time to work for the national interests and the Union of Burma”. He also called for those who work for the good of the country, rather than their own “political or self-interests”, to be respected and honoured.

Read about Suu Kyi’s meeting with President Thein Sein here.

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