Date
11 December 2017
US President Barack Obama says Myanmar's reforms are by no means complete, while opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi warns against complacency. Photo: Reuters
US President Barack Obama says Myanmar's reforms are by no means complete, while opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi warns against complacency. Photo: Reuters

Suu Kyi says reforms hit ‘bumpy patch’

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday warned against complacency, saying the country’s reform process has hit a “bumpy patch”.

Suu Kyi spoke at a press conference with US President Barack Obama in Yangon, where he attended an ASEAN summit and held talks with President Thein Sein.

“I always warn against over-optimism, because that could lead to complacency,” BBC News quoted Suu Kyi as saying.

“Our reform process is going through a bumpy patch, but this bumpy patch is something we can negotiate with commitment, with help and understanding from our friends around the world.”

“What we need is a healthy balance of optimism and pessimism,” she added.

For his part, Obama said the US remained “clear-eyed” about reforms in the Southeast Asian nation, stressing that they were “by no means complete”.

He also said a provision in the country’s constitution that prevents candidates from running for president because of their children’s nationality “doesn’t make much sense”.

He did not name Suu Kyi, who is barred from contesting the presidency in elections next year because her two sons are foreign nationals, Reuters reported.

Myanmar, also known as Burma, moved from military to civilian rule in 2010, although the military continues to hold sway in the civilian administration.

Under Thein Sein, many political prisoners have been freed and media restrictions eased, the BBC said.

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US President Barack Obama and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi leave after a joint press conference following their meeting at her residence in Yangon on Friday. Photo: Reuters


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