PM invites Burmese pro-democracy activist to Canada

Aung San Suu Kyi is honourary citizen

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has invited Burmese pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi to personally visit Canada to accept the honourary citizenship which was granted to her in 2007. Suu Kyi was made an honourary Canadian because of her incessant attempts to have free elections held in Myanmar (Burma). Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party won the 1990 general election but a military junta led by Than Shwe prevented the party from taking power. The military has ruled ever since. Suu Kyi spent 15 of the past 21 years imprisoned. This November, she was released from her most recent year-long house arrest. The military junta’s party claimed victory in last month’s election, the first in two decades.

Halifax Chronicle-Herald

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