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Myanmar democracy activist to rejoin political system

With Clinton visit, marks dramatic shift in country

The reentry of Aung San Suu Kyi and her party into formal politics was seen as a milestone in reconciliation efforts between the military leadership and the country’s democracy movement. The reentry of Aung San Suu Kyi and her party into formal politics was seen as a milestone in reconciliation efforts between the military leadership and the country’s democracy movement. (Khin Maung Win/Associated Press)
By Jackie Calmes and Thomas Fuller
New York Times / November 19, 2011

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Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s most prominent democracy campaigner, announced yesterday that she would rejoin the political system of the military-backed government that persecuted her for more than two decades. Her announcement came shortly after President Obama disclosed that he was sending Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on a visit there next month, the first by a secretary of state in more than 50 years.

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