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Remembering modern Myanmar's founding father

70 years after Aung San's death, nation still grapples with unresolved problems

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Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi attends an event marking the 70th anniversary of Martyrs' Day in Yangon.   © Reuters

YANGON -- Car horns blared in the streets of Myanmar's most populous city at 10:37 a.m. Wednesday, 70 years to the day that independence leader Gen. Aung San was gunned down as the nation stood on the brink of achieving his dream.

The Southeast Asian nation has made remarkable strides toward economic liberalization since shaking off decades of military rule in 2011. But some of the problems it grapples with today -- notably poverty and the need for peace between majority Burmans and minority ethnic groups -- remain entrenched from the time of its emergence from British rule.

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