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Economy

Suu Kyi's NLD has a growth problem

Myanmar's de facto leader must tackle economic issues to retain support

After logging 7.3% growth in fiscal 2015, Myanmar has seen a slowdown that could weaken support for its year-old government. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

YANGON Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's de facto leader, made a rare admission of fallibility in a televised address to the nation on March 30.

"We did what we could for the sake of our country and the people in the first year," she said in a speech marking the first anniversary of her civilian-dominated government. "We know that we haven't been able to make as much progress as people had hoped." That seemed an uncharacteristic acknowledgement of a sputtering economy under her National League for Democracy-led administration.

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