05 Jul '11, 6am

Myanmar's Suu Kyi welcomes Thai poll outcome

Myanmar's Suu Kyi welcomes Thai poll outcome

BAGAN: Myanmar's democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday welcomed Thailand's election outcome, which paves the way for Yingluck Shinawatra to become the country's first female prime minister. "I like that she's a woman but the most important thing is the relationship between the two nations and our people," Suu Kyi told reporters on the second day of her visit to the ancient temple city of Bagan in central Myanmar. "We also have to welcome the government democratically elected by the people," she said, also expressing hopes that ties with neighbouring Thailand would remain strong under 44-year-old Yingluck's administration. Yingluck's Puea Thai party, allied to her brother Thaksin Shinawatra who was ousted in a coup five years ago, stormed to a majority victory in Sunday's vote, taking a majority of the seats in Thailand's lower house. While Suu Kyi's own opposition par...

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