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UN Praises President Thein Sein

3 April 2012

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the participation of candidates from various parties, including the National League for Democracy, “another significant step toward a better future for Myanmar” and acknowledged “the courage and vision of President Thein Sein, which has made such progress possible.” UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said, “Despite some complaints of irregularities during the voting, key stakeholders in Myanmar, including political parties, have stressed to the UN team their strong belief that these by-elections are a boost for the ongoing reforms and a very important step towards a more peaceful and democratic future in Myanmar.”—AP