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Myanmar’s Suu Kyi launches Web site

AFP, BANGKOK

Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition group in Myanmar has launched its own Web site, with the democracy icon hailing the medium as a means to speed up the fight for political change.

“A good communication system is essential to our endeavor to set up a people’s network for democracy that will span the whole world,” Aung San Suu Kyi wrote in her greeting on the site, dated on Sunday.

She said the page at www.nldburma.org would make the work of her National League for Democracy (NLD), which has been officially disbanded by the ruling junta, “known across the globe.”

By communicating this way with the movement’s followers, “I believe we shall be able to achieve our goal of a democratic union at a faster pace,” she added in the note.

Aung San Suu Kyi finally had Internet access installed at home in -Yangon -earlier this month after seven years of isolation under house arrest ended in November, a few days following a widely panned election.

Since being released from detention, which allowed her no telephone or Internet access, she has expressed an interest in using the micro-blogging site Twitter or the social network Facebook to reach young people.

The NLD won a 1990 election in a landslide, but the result was never recognized by the regime and Aung San Suu Kyi has spent most of the past two decades locked up by the junta.

The party will not have a voice in the newly opened and junta-controlled parliament after it was disbanded for opting to boycott the election, as the rules seemed designed to bar Aung San Suu Kyi from participating.

Last week the country’s Supreme Court brushed aside the NLD’s latest appeal against dissolution, taking just a few minutes to reject its case.

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