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Suu Kyi's party gears up for its first-ever congress

  

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YANGON: In another sign of political reform and reconciliation in Myanmar, the country’s biggest party led by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will hold its first-ever congress in the country’s former capital next week.

“This will be National League for Democracy’s first party congress since the party was formed more than 24 years ago,” NLD senior leader and parliamentarian Ohn Kyaing said today.

About 900 party members from 260 townships across the country will attend the three-day conference starting March 8 in Yangon to choose party’s new leadership and to lay down future policies and programmes, said Ohn Kyaing, one of the organisers of the party assembly.

“We had been unable to hold party assemblies because it was illegal to assemble under the previous regime. The upcoming party congress demonstrates the changing political landscape and openness in the country,” said spokesman for the party, Nyan Win.

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