Suu Kyi meets breakaway opposition leaders


Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi met today with former colleagues who disagreed with her election boycott and formed a new party to fight the controversial poll, the breakaway group said.

Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese opposition leader.

The one-hour meeting between Suu Kyi and three leaders of the National Democratic Force (NDF) was her first with the group since her release from house arrest days just after the November vote. “It was just a personal meeting. We didn’t talk out politics. We will meet again,” NDF leader Khin Maung Swe said.

The NDF was formed by senior members of Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD), which was disbanded for boycotting the poll. The breakaway group won 16 seats in the election after fielding 161 candidates but has complained of widespread fraud by the junta-backed party, which has claimed an overwhelming victory.

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