Myanmar's Suu Kyi calls for unity in divided Rakhine

National League for Democracy chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi speaks during a campaign rally at Thandwe city in Rakhine State on October 17, 2015Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi called for unity in volatile Rakhine state on Saturday in an impassioned election rally, tackling head-on bitter religious divisions between Buddhists and Muslims that have shaken the former junta-run nation. The opposition leader has faced international disappointment at her reluctance to speak out in support of marginalised Rohingya Muslims in the western state, but is also viewed with suspicion among Buddhist hardliners who see her as sympathetic to the minority. In a speech to hundreds of supporters in Rakhine’s Thandwe town, Suu Kyi said it was critical that people nationwide could live “without discrimination based on race and religion”.

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