The leader of the Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is expected Tuesday in Bangkok for a visit of several days, the first trip abroad for 24 years of the global icon of democracy, finally able to resume a link with the outside.
Public enemy number one of the junta until the dissolution of the latter in March 2011, the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize has become a major figure in the Burmese political scene, leader of the first opposition party, the League League for Democracy (NLD).
The leader of the Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi left Rangoon early Tuesday afternoon for Bangkok, AFP noted.
After being locked up in Rangoon and refusing to leave the country for fear of never being able to come back, she will try for the first time since 1988 a genuine freedom of movement.
And testify at the same time its confidence in the reforms undertaken by the new regime, former military reformers with whom she decided to work first and foremost the President and former Prime Minister of the junta, Thein Sein.
"She is confident in its position and in the process of reconciliation and political reforms," said Pavin Chachavalpongpun, researcher at the Centre for Asian Studies Southeast University in Kyoto, Japan.
His trip also confirms that it has the support of those it has fought so long and waiting for her today that part of the return to Burma on the international scene.
"Before the sanctions are lifted, the government needs legitimacy as ever, so that's what he expects the journey of Suu Kyi," said Pavin, describing it as a "goodwill ambassador" of the regime Naypyidaw.
The member, age 66, will meet Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra at a date yet unspecified, told AFP the general secretary of the head of government, Thawat Boonfeung.
Wednesday, she will in Samut Sakhon Province, south of Bangkok, to meet with Burmese migrants, stated on their side of NGOs. One way for her "to reconnect a broken with those who live outside the country link," according to Pavin.
Burmese represent 80% of the two million registered migrants in Thailand. Many others live undocumented, and many are victims of exploitation of any kind in a country heavily dependent on foreign labor.
Suu Kyi also expected to visit in Northern Thailand where a dozen refugee camps are home for years some 100,000 Burmese, driven from their country by fighting between the army and rebels from ethnic minorities.
She finally speak at the World Economic Forum for East Asia with the participation of numerous personalities, including heads of state from the region.
Thein Sein would also have to attend the Forum. But he said Monday it has postponed his visit next week. Probably to prevent the "Lady" in Rangoon are steals her flashes of photographers in Thai capital suspended his every move.
Placed for the first time under house arrest in 1989, Suu Kyi has spent 15 years in private total freedom, before finally being released in November 2010. She received her first passport in early May for 20 years.
This first trip accomplished, it will make mid-June a historical tour of Europe during which she will deliver her speech in Oslo was not able to when she received the Nobel Prize in 1991.
It also will include the UK, where she studied and lived for several years with her late husband and her children. With the honor to speak to the members of both Houses, London, June 21