Myanmar president holds first local press conference

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Taking another step forward in reforms, President Thein Sein of Myanmar held his first-ever local news conference on Sunday, October 21. After giving so many interviews overseas, he said he felt he should hold one in his own country. The 67-year-old former general admitted struggling to overcome fear of the media, even as he took questions for over two hours from local and foreign reporters. He was careful not to reveal too much on controversial issues, the BBC reported. For instance, he said it would depend on Aung San Suu Kyi on whether she would play a role in the government. Thein Sein became president in 2011 and the elections in 2015 will be a test for the military-led government he leads.

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