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Since 1988, Aung San Suu Kyi has represented the National League for Democracy (NLD), the main opposition party to Burma’s authoritarian regime. The internationally celebrated daughter of Aung San, Burma’s revered independence hero, Suu Kyi has come to embody the hopes and dreams of a real and lasting democracy for many people in the country. With a general election slated for November, millions will be hoping that Suu Kyi can lead her party to victory.
But the NLD leader also has her detractors.
As well as some doubts over her effectiveness as an opposition leader, Suu Kyi has faced widespread criticism for her silence on several critical issues in contemporary Burma: a perceived whitewashing of events at Latpadaung copper mine by the investigative committee that she headed; a refusal to engage on the issue of persecution of the Rohingya people; and a lack of support for students in the recent confrontation with the government over education reform.
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