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Suu Kyi can be president, says Myanmar's Thein Sein

  • Myanmar leader Thein Sein has said he would accept Aung San Suu Kyi as president if the people vote for her.

    "Whether she will become a leader of the nation depends on the will of the people. If the people accept her, then I will have to accept her," he said in an interview with the BBC.

    "There isn't any problem between me and Aung San Suu Kyi. We are working together."

    He added that the army, which holds many of the seats in parliament, would continue to play a central role in the country's politics.

    Thein Sein, a former leader of the military junta that ruled the former British colony for decades, has led a wave of reforms as part of a shift towards a civilian-led government.

    The junta was formally dissolved in March 2011.

    Suu Kyi was kept under house arrest for 15 years and repeatedly censured by the former regime.