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Burmese Democracy Leader Tours Western Burma - 2002-12-18


Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has left the capital city for the western state of Rakhine to build support for her National League for Democracy party.

The Nobel Peace laureate left Rangoon today (Monday), accompanied by NLD vice president Tin Oo and several youth wing members.

It is not clear how long the trip will last. This is Aung San Suu Kyi's fifth trip to other states in Burma since she was released from house arrest on May 6th, as part of a reconciliation process between the military government and her party.

However, apart from her release and that of some other political prisoners, the two sides have made no progress toward reconciliation.

The NLD won a landslide victory in 1990 general elections, but the junta has refused to give up its hold on power.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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