Pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi has returned to work at her opposition party, just two days after being freed by Myanmar’s military rulers.
Her supporters’ expectations are immense amid hopes she will resume an influential role in one of the most isolated and oppressive nations on earth.
On Sunday, in her first major speech since being freed from her latest spell of seven years of house arrest, Suu Kyi called for democracy, free speech and opposition unity.
She offered to meet leaders of the regime that has deprived her of freedom for much of the past two decades. And the Nobel peace laureate indicated she may urge the West to end sanctions if that is what the people of the country, also known as Burma, want.
Her release follows elections, condemned by human rights groups and the West as rigged to prolong military rule