Suu Kyi renamed opposition leader

AFP-JIJI

Myanmar’s long-silenced opposition on Sunday reappointed Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi as party leader at a landmark maiden congress as it eyes victory in elections due in 2015.

The former political prisoner was unanimously selected as chairwoman by her National League for Democracy’s 120-member Central Committee, a party source said.

But the meeting also revealed the challenges facing the party, including a lack of experience as well as internal divisions that saw four members banned from attending, accused of trying to influence the voting.

Suu Kyi on Sunday urged her opposition party to “seize the opportunity” as it gears up for what is expected to be a major victory for the NLD in the 2015 polls, if the vote is free and fair.