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Shwe Mann Leaves for US to Meet Congress Leaders

10 June 2013

Lower House Speaker and Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) chairman Shwe Mann has gone on a “good will visit” to US, at the invitation of the House of Representatives Speaker and Republican leader John Boehner, government newspaper The New Light of Myanmar reports. Shwe Mann left on Saturday accompanied by several senior parliamentarians. Radio Free Asia reported last week that Shwe Mann would seek to build ties with US lawmakers and study the administrative structure of the US Congress “with a view of adopting it”. Before becoming the leader of the military-affiliated USDP party, Shwe Mann was one of the most senior generals in Burma’s former military junta.