New era

Myanmar’s incoming leader promises she will focus on peace, unity amid ethnic clashes

Aung San Suu Kyi speaks onstage during a campaign rally on November 1, 2015. (Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images)

The head of Myanmar’s incoming pro-democracy government, Aung San Suu Kyi, said she will focus on building peace when her administration takes over the country from military control early this year. Suu Kyi has long been the leader of the nation’s National League for Democracy party but was held under house arrest for 15 years as a political prisoner.

The country has been wracked by ethnic fighting, and Suu Kyi said she will try to build upon a partial ceasefire created by the outgoing regime, end the fighting, and bring unity and peace to the country. And though she is barred from running because she was married to a foreign citizen (the late historian Michael Aris) and has two British sons, under a rule created by the military party during its reign over the country, Suu Kyi has said she would like to rule the government by proxy. She also said she hopes the government, including the military representatives still in Parliament, will be unified and committed to unifying the country.

Read the full story at the Associated Press.

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