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Updated: January 21, 2011 19:43 IST

Aung San Suu Kyi gets internet connection

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Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. File photo: AP.
Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. File photo: AP.

"I knew that authorities had allowed her to use the internet," a government official who requested anonymity said.

Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, who was freed from a seven-year-stint of house detention two months ago, has been connected to the internet, sources said on Friday. ?I saw technicians installing the internet line at her house yesterday evening,? said Thein Oo, Suu Kyi?s personal press officer.

?We will let you know if Daw [Madam] Suu wants to use an e-mail account to communicate with you,? he told Yangon-based reporters.

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate submitted an application for an internet line to the authorities shortly after her release from house arrest on November 13.

?I knew that authorities had allowed her to use the internet,? a government official who requested anonymity said.

Myanmar Post and Telecommunication is the only internet provider in military-ruled Myanmar, and many political websites are blocked.

Ms. Suu Kyi, the leader of the National League for Democracy opposition party, has spent 15 of the past 21 years under house detention in her Yangon family compound.

In interviews with Western correspondents, she attributed her ability to stand her long periods of isolation under detention to her daily, hour-long meditation sessions.

Ms. Suu Kyi was still under detention when the junta staged the country?s first election in two decades on November 7.

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