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Two Years on, Democracy Icon Aung San Suu Kyi’s Legacy Hit Hard by Myanmar's Realities

Two years ago today, both Myanmar and the international community hailed the coming to power of Aung San Suu Kyi — leader of the political opposition who endured 15 years of house arrest for challenging the military dictatorship, Nobel Peace Prize winner, and icon of democracy — in the Southeast Asia nation.A widespread belief pervaded that once “The Lady” was at the helm, she would oversee the completion of Myanmar’s transition to democracy, end decades of civil war, speed up reform, and accelerate economic development.So far, however, much of Aung San Suu Kyi’s game-changing agenda under her ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) — the first civilian government to lead Myanmar since independence in 1948 — hasn’t panned out as expected.The government started out on a positive note when Aung San Suu Kyi, 72, secured the release of political prisoners and jailed students, but quickly took a turn for the worse several months later with the first of two crackdowns by security forces in western Myanmar’s Rakhine state.…………….Please Log in or Subscribe to view full details…..

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