Myanmar opposition icon Suu Kyi meets president for first time as parliamentarian

Myanmar opposition leader and pro-democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi spent years under house arrest.

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  • Suu Kyi, a pro-democracy campaigner, spent years under house arrest
  • Myanmar was ruled by a repressive military junta for decades
Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi met with the country's president Sunday, the first such meeting since the opposition figure joined parliament, a government official said.
The two-hour meeting between Suu Kyi and President Thein Sein took place around 9 a.m. in Nay Pi Taw, said the official, who is not authorized to speak to the media.
Suu Kyi, a pro-democracy campaigner who spent years under house arrest, was recently appointed by Myanmar's lower house to chair the newly-created Committee on Rule of Law and Tranquility.
Suu Kyi has met Sein twice previously, with the last meeting in April.
For decades, Myanmar was ruled by a repressive military junta. But in recent years, the generals have relaxed their grip on power, letting Sein's administration to push through a series of changes such as peace talks with rebel groups and the release of hundreds of political prisoners.