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U.S. hails Myanmar election as step for democratic change
Date: 4/3/2012
Written By: Reuters, By Matt Spetalnick, Andrew Quinn and Paul Eckert

Excerpt: The United States on Monday hailed a strong showing by Aung San Suu Kyi's pro-democracy party in Myanmar's by-elections, calling the vote an important step in the country's democratic transformation. … The U.S. business community, eager not to lose ground to European and Asian rivals as the Myanmar market begins to open, welcomed the election results as an important milestone and said Washington should continue and expand its diplomatic outreach to the country. "We believe that such engagement has been, and will be, crucial in encouraging and supporting further reform," the National Foreign Trade Council, the US-ASEAN Business Council and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said in a joint statement.