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Virus prompts Myanmar State Counsellor to go online

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday activated her dormant Facebook account to provide people with information about the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

The State Counsellor admitted in her first post on April 1 that she is not an avid fan of social media but recognised its importance in reaching out to the people.

Myanmar has an estimated 21.76 million Facebook users, or more than a third of its estimated 53.37 million people.

“I had no desire to use Facebook,” she admitted in her first post. “However, I decided to use it to communicate quickly and effectively with my people on the challenges of COVID-19.”

The post got over 150,000 “likes” and was shared 34,000 times around 6pm.

U Zaw Htay, spokesperson of the office of President U Win Myint, confirmed on his Facebook page that the account is used by the State Counsellor.

The account, named Aung San Suu Kyi, was registered in 2016, when the ruling National League for Democracy took over the government, and has over 250,000 followers.

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Source : Myanmar Times

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