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Richard Horsey: Has Myanmar's Rakhine State reached a turning point?

Aung San Suu Kyi must use her political capital to change the crisis-wracked region

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Thai demonstrators rally outside Myanmar's embassy in Bangkok against the military crackdown on the Rohingya on Nov. 25.   © Reuters

When Aung San Suu Kyi took the reins of government last April, she declared that "internal peace" in Myanmar would be one of her top priorities. She faced two major challenges: a stalled peace process with numerous ethnic armed groups, and a toxic political situation in Rakhine State following outbreaks of anti-Muslim violence in 2012 and 2013.

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