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Suu Kyi leads drive to clean up Burma

Published 13/12/2015

Aung San Suu Kyi, centre, leads a clean-up drive in the Kawhmu township
Aung San Suu Kyi, centre, leads a clean-up drive in the Kawhmu township

Burma's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has vowed to give her desperately poor country a much-needed face-lift.

Wearing plastic gloves, the 70-year-old led from the front, walking along the edge of an old, pot-holed road in her constituency, Kawhmu, picking up litter.

Soon she was joined by villagers filling their own sacks with discarded plastic bottles and other litter.

After the National League for Democracy Party's election victory in November, Suu Kyi, told winning lawmakers to start by cleaning up their own constituencies.

The party's rubbish-collection campaign, she said, was aimed at improving public health, respecting the environment and attracting tourists.

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