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Genocide trial strengthens Suu Kyi's unifying power at home

Myanmar leader defends military at ICJ hearing

Myanmar Leader Aung San Suu Kyi is welcomed by supporters waving Myanmar flags outside the airport as she arrives from the Netherlands on Dec. 14 in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)   © AP

YANGON -- Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi's clout as a domestic unifying force appears to be reinforced after the de facto leader defended the country against genocide charges at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

While the Nobel Peace Prize laureate has played the part of a strong leader ahead of the country's general election in November 2020, voices accusing her of defending a culpable national military are growing stronger in the U.S. and Europe.

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