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Suu Kyi Meets With Myanmar President

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar, Aug. 19 (UPI) — A meeting between President Thein Sein and dissident Aung San Suu Kyi Friday indicated Myanmar’s new government is reaching out to opponents, observers said.

Suu Kyi, who spent much of the past 20 years in detention, met with Thein Sein in the presidential palace in the capital, Naypyitaw, where she was attending an economic forum, the BBC reported.

The new government took control after November elections, replacing military rule with a nominally civilian regime backed by the army.

Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy, boycotted the elections, saying election laws were unfair.

The high-level meeting between Suu Kyi and Thein Sein came a week after she met with Labor Minister U Aung Kyi. In that meeting, they agreed to work to stabilize the government and examined ways to improve the country’s economy.

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