Myanmar's former military chief General Than Shwe. (Photo: AP)
Myanmar’s former military chief General Than Shwe. (Photo: AP)

Nay Pyi Taw, 25 Safar 1437/7 December 2015 (MINA) – Myanmar’s former military chief General Than Shwe has accepted Aung San Suu Kyi as “the leader” of the south-east Asian country, his grandson has said.

“He accepts that she will become the leader of the country,” Nay Shwe Thway Aung said of his grandfather in a message posted on Facebook on Sunday. Al Jazeera quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) as reporting.

The comment came two days after Than Shwe met Suu Kyi, who led her National League for Democracy (NLD) party to a landslide win last month, for more than two hours at military headquarters in the capital Nay Pyi Taw.

Than Shwe, who ruled Myanmar with an iron fist from 1992 to 2001, kept Suu Kyi under house arrest for most of his 19 years in power.

Even though Than Shwe has no official role today, and has been out of the public eye since 2011, many in Myanmar believe he still remains politically involved behind the scenes.

Senior NLD lawmaker Win Htein confirmed the meeting had taken place and said Suu Kyi met Than Shwe due to “her belief in his influence on the government and the Tatmadaw (military),” he told Reuters.

“U Than Shwe recognises NLD’s victory, and talked with chairperson Aung San Suu Kyi about laying a solid foundation for democracy in the country,” Win Htein added. (T/P001/R03)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)