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Suu Kyi alienates the media she once entranced

Amid Rohingya crisis, Nobel laureate treasures strong family link to the military

Many believe Aung San Suu Kyi’s aura is gone after making one tone-deaf statement after another on recent foreign trips.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Few people have enjoyed more uncritical press coverage or been the subject of so many fawning biographies as Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's de facto leader and the 1991 Nobel Peace laureate.

But many believe Suu Kyi's aura is gone, and that she has feet of clay. Both aloof and imperious, her infrequent encounters with the press have become "lectures and platitudes," according to one Burmese editor. Of late, Myanmar's 73-year-old state counselor has made one tone-deaf statement after another to foreigners.

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