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PostSubject: Dont call country Burma,its Myanmar,govt chides Suu Kyi    Sat Jun 30, 2012 3:29 pm

Dont call country Burma,its Myanmar,govt chides Suu Kyi



Yangon: Myanmars authorities have ordered opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to stop calling the country Burma,state media reported today,its colonial-era name widely used to defy the former junta.
The old regime changed the countrys official name two decades ago to Myanmar,saying the term Burma was a legacy of British colonialism and implied the ethnically diverse land belonged only to the Burman majority.
Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy (NLD) party vigorously opposed the change,decrying it as a symbolic step by the generals towards creating a new country.Berating her for using the name Burma during landmark recent visits to Thailand and Europe,the Election Commission accused Suu Kyi and party members of flouting a constitution they have vowed to uphold.
As it is prescribed in the constitution that The state shall be known as The Republic of the Union of Myanmar,no one has the right to call (the country) Burma, it said in a statement,published in state mouthpiece The New Light of Myanmar.
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi called Myanmar Burma in her speech to the World Economic Forum in Thailand on 1 June,2012, it noted.Again,Daw Aung San Suu Kyi called Myanmar Burma in her speeches during her Europe tour. AFP
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