Suu Kyi, who has faced criticism internationally for not speaking up for the Rohingya, pledged to work towards a situation where the communities “live peacefully and securely outside the camps”.
Since taking power in April, former political prisoner Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) has released scores of detainees and is making a big push to revise some of the most repressive measures from the long years of military rule.
Attempts to amend the army’s charter under the former quasi-civilian government were stymied by the military –which is gifted 25 per cent of all parliamentary seats by the constitution it scripted.
Student detainees granted general amnesty ahead of Myanmar’s traditional New Year
The Nobel laureate, whose party secured a landslide election win in November, has vowed to rule the country despite a constitutional block on her becoming president.
Suu Kyi’s aide Htin Kyaw who takes power from former general Thein Sein, faces steep challenges and high expectations.
“No one told me I was going to be interviewed by a Muslim,” she was heard muttering after the interview with BBC Today presenter Mishal Husain, according to a new book.
“Myanmar’s legal framework reads like a textbook of repression, and authorities have in recent years increasingly used it to silence dissent,” Champa Patel, Amnesty International’s Southeast Asia director, told reporters.
Htin Kyaw, 69, won 360 of 652 votes cast by Myanmar’s two legislative chambers, paving the way for him to serve as a proxy for the Nobel laureate who is constitutionally barred from becoming president.
Suu Kyi has vowed to rule through a proxy president because she is barred from top office by the army-scripted constitution.
The terms that Suu Kyi suggests will apply for the new president indicate that personal loyalty to her will be a key attribute of whoever is chosen. Suu Kyi has few strong-willed, charismatic colleagues in her party, anyway.
While Suu Kyi herself is barred from becoming president, there are growing signs that her talks with the military to remove a constitutional hurdle blocking her path can be completed by March 17.
Aung Sun Suu Kyi, leader of Myanmar’s National League for Democracy has asserted that first priority of her government would be to bring peace in the country.
Ban described Sunday’s poll as a “significant achievement” in Myanmar’s transition away from military rule, although he noted that minority voters such as the Muslim Rohingya were denied the right to vote.
Now that she has won a historic election, can Aung San Suu Kyi unite Myanmar?