THANDWE, Burma (AP) — Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has shifted her election campaign to a state that presents the most formidable challenge — Rakhine, which has been a hotbed of sectarian conflict between Rohingya Muslims and hard-line Buddhists.
While Suu Kyi enjoys support in most parts of Burma, she will find little joy in Rakhine. On the one hand she’s been criticized for being largely silent over the widespread discrimination faced by the Rohingyas, and on the other hardline Buddhist nationalists have accused her of being pro-Muslim.
In her first trip ever to Rakhine, Suu Kyi will campaign for three days beginning Friday in Taungup, Thandwe and Gwa towns in southern part of the state. She will, however, skip the northern part, which is home to more than 100,000 Rohingyas.