Aung San Suu Kyi works towards alliance with Shwe Mann

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SuukyishwemannMyanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi announced that she wants to form an alliance with Shwe Mann, the recently ousted chairman of the governing Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP).

“Now the picture is clearer as to who is a friend and an enemy, and our relationship with our allies is stronger,” she told reporters in Naypyidaw on August 18. She said that her party, the National League for Democracy, would “work with the ally.”

The changes in the ruling party would likely boost the oppositions’s vote count in the coming November 8 election, she said.

Last week Shwe Mann was dramatically removed from his position. His dismissal was seen as an emphatic move by President Thein Sein to tighten his political grip ahead of the vote.

However, Suu Kyi did not detail how they would work together.

As chairman of the USDP, Shwe Mann sought to build ties with Suu Kyi previously, which sparked suspicion among some members of the ruling party and contributed to his sacking. However, he initially planned to run as a candidate for his own party.

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Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi announced that she wants to form an alliance with Shwe Mann, the recently ousted chairman of the governing Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP).

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SuukyishwemannMyanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi announced that she wants to form an alliance with Shwe Mann, the recently ousted chairman of the governing Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP).

“Now the picture is clearer as to who is a friend and an enemy, and our relationship with our allies is stronger,” she told reporters in Naypyidaw on August 18. She said that her party, the National League for Democracy, would “work with the ally.”

The changes in the ruling party would likely boost the oppositions’s vote count in the coming November 8 election, she said.

Last week Shwe Mann was dramatically removed from his position. His dismissal was seen as an emphatic move by President Thein Sein to tighten his political grip ahead of the vote.

However, Suu Kyi did not detail how they would work together.

As chairman of the USDP, Shwe Mann sought to build ties with Suu Kyi previously, which sparked suspicion among some members of the ruling party and contributed to his sacking. However, he initially planned to run as a candidate for his own party.

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