Suu Kyi vows to bring new blood to her party

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Associated Press

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 10:34 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 8 at 10:37 PM

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is calling on her party to rise above petty differences as they elect new leadership for the first time in the National League for Democracy's 25-year history.

The NLD is holding its first all-party congress in Yangon this weekend. It is a sign of how far Myanmar's political reform has come that the gathering is allowed. But it's also a test for the NLD, which must transform itself into a viable political opposition in time for national elections in 2015.

Suu Kyi vowed to inject the party with "new blood" and decentralize decision-making.

On Friday, the congress elected seven members to its top leadership body. All come from the ranks of party faithful and most are in their late 60s.

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