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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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But critics says as time rolls on, the window for pulling off the dramatic change so many hoped for is closing.