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Obama to confront shortcomings in Myanmar reforms

4 years 7 months 1 week ago Wednesday, November 12 2014 Nov 12, 2014 November 12, 2014 1:14 AM November 12, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Julie Pace

BEIJING, China - When President Barack Obama arrives in Myanmar, he will confront a nation backsliding in its pledges to enact economic and political reforms that were rewarded with U.S. sanctions relief and made the long-isolated country a darling of Obama's efforts to stake out a legacy in Asia.

The optimism over Myanmar's unexpected shift from military rule has subsided as reforms slow. The country's pro-democracy hero Aung San Suu Kyi remains ineligible for next year's presidential elections because of constitutional rules designed to block her. And Myanmar's minority Rohingya Muslims face escalated attacks and persecution in the largely Buddhist nation.

Obama was due to arrive in the capital of Naypitaw on Wednesday night, his second stop on an eight day Asia-Pacific swing that opened in China and ends in Australia.

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