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Europe
11.04.2014
By our dpa-correspondent and Europe Online    auf Facebook posten  Auf Twitter posten  
Berlin (dpa) - Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is on a four-day visit to Germany, received an award in Berlin Friday from the Social Democratic Party (SPD) for her life of resisting oppression.

The award is named after Willy Brandt, the late West German chancellor, who fled abroad from the Nazis as a young man and returned to rebuild democracy.

"Just like him, you have resisted the pressure of persecution. Just like him, you are fighting for freedom and democracy," Sigmar Gabriel, the SPD leader and Germany‘s deputy chancellor, told her during the ceremony.

Suu Kyi, 68, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, spent 15 years under house arrest in Yangon.

She visited Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday.

Earlier Friday, Suu Kyi visited Germany‘s parliament while it was in session. The deputy speaker, Claudia Roth, said Suu Kyi was admirable for her courage, her integrity and her stamina and wished her success in her "parliamentary actions."

Suu Kyi‘s latest battle with Myanmar‘s rulers involves pushing for amendments to the 2008 constitution which essentially cemented military control over the legislature.

The charter, pushed through by the junta that ruled during 1988-2010, allocates 25 per cent of all parliamentary seats to military appointees. It also requires all new legislation to be approved by 75 per cent of parliamentarians.

Suu Kyi‘s National League for Democracy (NLD), which holds 43 of the 664 seats in the lower and upper houses, is pushing for amendments before the next general election, slated for late 2015.

 

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