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Veteran activist says Myanmar still needs opposition

Published on Jun 10, 2013 11:41 AM

YANGON (AFP) - Jailed for nearly two decades for his struggle against the junta, veteran dissident Win Tin says Myanmar's pro-democracy movement must not forget its role as the opposition, despite the country's dramatic political changes.

Since he was released from prison in 2008, the National League for Democracy (NLD) party which he co-founded 25 years ago with Aung San Suu Kyi has been transformed into a legitimate political force in the fledgling parliament.

Suu Kyi, who is eyeing a run for the presidency in 2015, has adopted a more cooperative approach with the country's two-year-old reformist government, and was even seen sitting alongside top generals at a military parade in March.

Win Tin, 84, says the NLD remains firmly united behind the Nobel laureate, but alluded to some doubts within the party about her strategy.

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