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She was celebrated as a hero of democracy and the savior of a nation stepping out from the shadow of military rule, but one year into the leadership of Aung San Suu Kyi the sweeping changes Myanmar had hoped for still feel a long way away. Economic reforms have hit a wall, the ethnic conflict she pledge to end has only intensified, and a crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority has sparked a UN probe into human rights abuse.
Reuters' Anthony Slavkovski has more on the signs that so far Suu Kyi is struggling.>> The United Nations data shows that there are 160,000 more displaced people than before Aung San Suu Kyi took power. A year on, it seems like she has alienated a lot of the ethnic armed groups.
She hasn't been able to convince investors that Myanmar is moving quickly and efficiently in setting a very ambitious reform agenda when it comes to the economy. And a lot of people in the civil society organizations are also frustrated.>> Suu Kyi's supporters say she's hamstrung by laws that favor the powerful military.
Others say she simply hasn't structured her government effectively.>> A lot of people tell us the same thing, that Aung San Suu Kyi has surrounded herself with some strong ministers but also a lot of weak and ineffective ones. And that they are risk averse and that they delegate a lot of even simple and not really controversial tasks to her office and await her decision.
The lack of smart thinking as to what the priorities are has been a major frustration for a lot of the folks who want to work with the government closely.>> To be sure, there have been positive steps taken under Suu Kyi. Her party's first budget is stable and bad old state run businesses are being shut down.
But critics says as time rolls on, the window for pulling off the dramatic change so many hoped for is closing.