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First priority is to create jobs: Suu Kyi

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – Campaigning in Kawhmu Township in a caravan that trailed more than 200 cars and thousands of motorcycles, National League for Democracy (NLD) chairman Aung San Suu Kyi said her first priority is to create jobs for all people, young and old.

Suu Kyi is shielded from the harsh Burmese sun during her campaign tour. Photo: MizzimaHer motorcade, nearly two miles long, took six hours to arrive at Warthinkha village on Saturday, about 40 miles from Rangoon, because of the enthusiastic crowds that lined the roadside.

In her speech at Warthinkha village, she asked people to support NLD candidates.   

“The most important problem in Kawhmu Township is that people don’t have jobs,” she said. “Most degree graduates in Kawhmu Township don’t have jobs. We understand that our first responsibility is to create enough jobs for people.”

Suu Kyi said that she would need everyone’s support on a “difficult and long political journey.”

The crowds lining the streets included people from Dala, Twante, Kunchangon, and Dedaye townships. People played musical instruments to welcome her and groups presented traditional Karen dances. Suu Kyi said that she chose the poor district of Kawhmu because its population includes many Karen.

Estimates said up to 20,000 people gathered in Warthinkha village to listen to Suu Kyi’s speech. She also visited Maselseik, Nghat Aw San and other nearby villages.

On March 31, the day before the coming April 1 by-election, Suu Kyi will cast her vote in the village.

In the Kawhmu Township constituency, Suu Kyi’s main competitor is ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party [USDP] candidate Dr. Soe Min, who works in the USDP charity clinic, Phyo Saydanar. During the 2010 general election, he ran a charity mobile health clinic while campaigning.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 14 February 2012 13:40 )  

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