The Straits Times
Published on Sep 30, 2012

Myanmar leader would 'accept' Suu Kyi as president


YANGON (AFP) - Myanmar leader Thein Sein has said in an interview he would accept democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi as president if elected, but added he could not alone amend rules that bar her from power.

Former general Thein Sein has paid rare tributes to Myanmar's Nobel laureate during a landmark tour of the United States where he has burnished his reformist credentials by insisting that his country will continue its strides towards democracy after decades of army rule.

The Myanmar leader, whose meeting with Ms Suu Kyi in New York marked the latest sign of warm relations between the nation's leader and its most famous former political prisoner, told the BBC that there were "no problems" between them.

"If the people accept her, I will have to accept her. As I said before, we are now working together," he said, according to translated excerpts of an interview with the British broadcaster aired Saturday.