Aung San Suu Kyi visit to Berlin, Germany - 10 Apr 2014

Myanmar’s ex-dictator tips Suu Kyi as future leader

YANGON: Myanmar’s feared former junta leader Than Shwe has endorsed his one-time nemesis Aung San Suu Kyi as the “future leader” of the country, according to his grandson.Than Shwe – a postal clerk turned general who ran the country with an iron fist for nearly two decades until 2010 – met democracy champion Suu Kyi on Friday.Her party is preparing for power after November’s massive election win. The talks mark a dramatic turnaround in fortune for Suu Kyi, who was kept under house arrest for years by the 82-year-old retired general for leading the democracy movement against his army.

“Everyone has to accept the truth that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will be the future leader of Myanmar after winning the elections,” Than Shwe was quoted as saying on a Facebook post late Saturday by his grandson, Nay Shwe Thway Aung.


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