U.S. Praises Myanmar Poll

Monday, 2 April 2012
Inter Press Service

The administration of U.S. President Barack Obama Monday hailed Sunday's parliamentary by-election in Myanmar, also known as Burma, which the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) led by Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi won in a landslide. ... Calling the election an "important milestone" in Myanmar's reform process, the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council called for the "continuation and expansion" of "the enhanced U.S. diplomatic engagement with Myanmar" – the name given the country by the ruling military junta that ignored the NLD's landslide victory in the 1990 elections and subsequently imprisoned most of its leadership.

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