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Suu Kyi watches Myanmar display its military might

Pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi attended Myanmar's Armed Forces Day celebrations for the first time this year.

Aung San Suu Kyi has, for the first time ever, attended Myanmar's Armed Forces Day parade.

The move is deeply symbolic, bringing together the pro-democracy campaigner with the military leadership she has so fiercely criticized, and which for many years kept her and her supporters locked up.

Myanmar's armed forces will continue to play a "leading political role" as the country emerges from decades of military rule, army chief Min Aung Hlaing told the celebrations in the capital, Naypyitaw.

"We will keep on marching to strengthen the democratic path wished by the people."