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Rohingya crisis redraws fault lines in Myanmar politics

Conflicting views of public, military and international community hem Suu Kyi in

Rohingya refugees march on to camps after crossing the border from Myanmar into Bangladesh in October 2017. Their situation remains tenuous two years later.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The Rohingya crisis that has infuriated many abroad has defied Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi's efforts to resolve it, in part because of an unusual alignment of the public and the military that leaves her with few options.

Suu Kyi returned to Myanmar from England in 1988 to care for her ailing mother, and became the face of the country's pro-democracy movement. She spent 15 years under house arrest, only to become the nation's defacto leader in 2016 after Myanmar transitioned to civilian rule.

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