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article imageMyanmar media criticizes Suu Kyi for supporting western sanctions

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By Leo Reyes     Feb 14, 2011 in Politics
Myanmar's state media under the new dispensation has criticized democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi for her perceived support on western sanctions despite recent political reforms in the country.
Suu Kyi is the head of of the banned National League for Democracy (NLD), a political party that won the 1990 national elections. Suu Kyi could have been Myanmar's first democratic head of state but the military junta never allowed her to take power.
The media commentary which came out from state-run newspapers accused Suu Kyi and NLD for "going the wrong way" and for ignoring the steps taken by the government toward its "road to democracy" program.
BBC News reports. "The commentary also accused the NLD of being "big-headed" for sticking to "the weapon of sanctions until it gains power by demanding that any changes and modifications should be made in consultation with the party, let alone lifting the sanctions".
On a more conciliatory note, it invited Aung San Suu Kyi and the NLD to co-operate in building what it called a democratic nation, without saying what form this co-operation might take.
The criticism comes days after the NLD said it supported Western sanctions, but wanted talks on whether to modify them.
On November 7, 2010, Myanmar held its first general elections under the new constitution which was earlier drafted and approved in a referendum in May 2008.
The general election forms the fifth step of the seven-step "roadmap to democracy" proposed by the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) in 2003, the sixth and seventh steps being the convening of elected representatives and the building of a modern, democratic nation, respectively. However, the National League for Democracy boycotted the election.
The Union Solidarity and Development Party declared victory, after at least two opposition parties conceded. The United Nations and Western countries have condemned the elections as fraudulent.
Myanmar's legislature has just been constituted following the November 7 elections. Likewise, a new set of officials have been appointed to their positions and are now functioning in accordance with the provisions of the new constitution.
Suu Kyi's future in politics remains uncertain as most of the ranking members of the ruling junta have been elected in the parliament.
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