Outgoing Myanmar president cancels US visit to monitor political transition

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YANGON: Myanmar’s outgoing president has scrapped a planned trip to the US next week in order to oversee the power hand-off to Aung San Suu Kyi’s new government, a presidential spokesman told Agence France-Presse Saturday. Thein Sein was due to attend a summit for leaders from the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) bloc hosted by US president Barack Obama. “The president decided not to attend the meeting because this is transition period. The transition process needs to be stable and smooth, so he thinks he should take care of it,” Zaw Htay, director of the president’s office, told Agence France-Presse.

AFP

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