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US welcomes Myanmar vote, seeks more political reforms

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed satisfaction over the elections.



Washington: The US on day congratulated the
people of Myanmar and democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi on the
strong showing in the landmark parliamentary polls as
underlined the need for more political reforms in the country.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed satisfaction
over the elections.

"The United States congratulates the people who
participated, many for the first time, in the campaign and
election process," Clinton said from Turkey.

She said the US was committed to supporting reform
efforts in the Southeast Asian nation.

"Going forward, it will be critical for authorities
to continue working toward an electoral system that meets
international standards, that includes transparency, and
expeditiously addresses concerns about intimidation and
irregularities," she said.

In Washington, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney
said the election "is an important step" in the
democratic transformation in the country.

"We hope it is an indication" that the government
"intends to continue along the path of greater openness,
transparency, and reform," he said.

He congratulate the people and National League for
Democracy leader Suu Kyi "on their strong showing in the
polls".

Clinton noted that it was too early to predict whether
the progress made in recent months will be sustained. Clinton
said there are no guarantees about what
lies ahead for the people in the country.

Democratic Party leader and former Speaker of US House of
Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, said the election of
Suu Kyi is a step forward on the path towards a brighter
future for the people.

"While there are credible reports that these
parliamentary elections were neither free nor fair, they are
notable due to the participation of the popular, pro-democracy
leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy
party," she said.

She said the transformation of Suu Kyi?s status from a
political prisoner to a member of parliament can be "a
historic turning point for the country".

She said it is essential that Myanamar build upon the
momentum for reform by releasing the remaining political
prisoners, ending the restrictions on media and the Internet,
and ending the violence in ethnic minority areas and pursuing
reconciliation with those communities.

Noting that Suu Kyi has inspired the world in the fight
for the freedom for her people, Pelosi said the US Congress
will soon award her the Congressional Gold Medal for "her
courageous and unwavering commitment to peace, nonviolence,
human rights, and democracy" in the country.

Myanmar election officials confirmed today that Suu Kyi`s
opposition party had won a landslide victory in the historic
by-elections.

The Nobel Peace laureate will take public office for the
first time and lead the small bloc of lawmakers from the NLD
in parliament.

PTI

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