Burmese opposition leader and Noble Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi addresses supporters of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party during National Day celebrations in Rangoon in this December 5, 1996 file photo. With NLD figurehead Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest and incommunicado for 12 of the last 18 years, the party that won an election landslide in 1990 has been in the hands of a grey-haired executive committee known semi-affectionately as "the uncles". They see themselves as caretakers in Suu Kyi's absence, but diplomats and non-NLD activists say they are more an autocratic cabal that has suppressed new blood or ideas and that appears unable or unwilling to challenge the status quo of army rule. To match feature MYANMAR-OPPOSITION/ REUTERS/Apchart Weerawong/Files (MYANMAR)
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