Friday, August 5, 2011

Suu Kyi invited to meet with USDP officials

Friday, 05 August 2011 16:11 Mizzima News

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – In another sign that the Burmese government is reaching out to pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, she has been invited to meet with officials of the government-backed political party, the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP).

USDP General-Secretary Htay Oo said on Friday that the date of the meeting has not been set.

USDP General-Secretary Htay Oo Photo: Mizzima
Htay Oo informed reporters of the planned meeting following a meeting at the office of the  Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Rangoon.

Officials at the main opposition party, the National League for Democracy  (NLD), told Mizzima that they were unaware of the USDA invitation to Suu Kyi to hold a meeting. The USDP is the majority party in the new Burmese Parliament.

On July 25, NLD General-Secretary Suu Kyi met with a high-ranking government representative, Minister Aung Kyi, at a state guesthouse. They described the meeting as “productive” and “constructive” and said more meetings would be held.

Meanwhile, Dr. Nay Zin Latt, a member of Burmese President Thein Sein’s political advisory board, said that Suu Kyi would be invited to attend an official high-level government workshop on macroeconomics and poverty to be held in Naypyitaw, the capital.

In the November 2010 parliamentary election, the USDP won 259 out of 325 seats in the Lower House; 129 out of 168 seats in the Upper House; and 494 out of 661 seats in region and state assemblies.

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