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Suu Kyi takes out the trash

Aung San Suu Kyi picks up litter in her Kawhmu constituency, south of Rangoon, on Sunday. (PHOTO:DVB)

The Nobel laureate, as the leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD) Party, has ordered all the winning MPs and executive members to collect trash in their respective constituencies.

Suu Kyi led the campaign as an example by picking up trash on Sunday in Kawhmu where she was re-elected in the 8 November poll.

Some said they were happy just to follow in Suu Kyi’s footsteps.

“Although I feel sad as my husband has just passed away, I am happy now that I get to follow Mother Suu and collect garbage,” said 52-year old Khin Htay Oo, whose late-husband was a major supporter of the NLD.

“I am happy, very happy collecting garbage because although I never clean my home, now we get to work together as a team and do this,” added another Suu Kyi supporter, Hlaing Min Thu.

Results from the country’s election commission last month confirmed the thumping victory that Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) had claimed after the first free nationwide election in 25 years.

Despite the landslide, Suu Kyi cannot become president herself under a constitution drafted by the military before the end of nearly 50 years of rule. She has said she will run the country anyway, through a proxy chosen by her party.