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Suu Kyi urges independents to join NLD in social work

New Delhi (Mizzima) – National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday urged three independent candidates who failed to win seats in national elections on November 7 to collaborate with the NLD in its social work.

daw-suu-aidsShe met with Kaung Myint Htut, a candidate for the People’s Assembly seat of South Okkalapa Township in Rangoon; Dr. Saw Naing, who stood for the States and Divisions Assembly seat of South Okkalapa; and Zaw Min Thein, who contested the States and Divisions Assembly seat of Lemyethna Township in Irrawaddy Division; at NLD headquarters in Bahan Township, on Tuesday morning

“Aung San Suu Kyi said what the NLD would do for national reconciliation and urged the ethnic minorities to participate in establishing a political network and the individual candidates to co-operate in doing social work,” NLD spokesman Ohn Kyaing said.

He added that dentist Saw Naing was interested in providing the poor with medical treatment free of charge in co-operation with the NLD and that Kaung Myint Htut said he was ready to work with the party.

Suu Kyi on November 19 had met the other 11 of 14 independent candidates who stood for elections last month, during which they agreed to co-operate with the NLD to help people living with HIV.

She also met two leaders of an ethnic Palaung political party, Ohn Kyaing said.

However, the National Democratic Force (NDF), a faction that broke away from the NLD to contest the elections, was having less success gaining access to the pro-democracy leader.

NDF leader Khin Maung Swe said his party had tried twice in vain to meet Suu Kyi.
“We have sent two request letters to meet Aung San Suu Kyi but the NLD said it had not received the letters. I think there are some people who intervened to prevent us from meeting her,” he said.  

But Thein Oo, responsible for arranging Aung San Suu Kyi’s agenda, said: “We did not receive their letters. If we’d received them, they would have a chance to meet [her] … I don’t know where the letters were sent.”

Suu Kyi also received Polish journalists at party headquarters yesterday and diplomats from Denmark and Thailand at her University Avenue home last night.

While meeting Thailand’s ambassador to Burma, Apirath Vienravi, Suu Kyi received a friendly call from Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, Ohn Kyaing said.


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