November 7, 2010 in Nation/World

Hillary Clinton blasts Myanmar’s elections

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Hillary Rodham Clinton and Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd speak Saturday in Melbourne.
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton hit out today at Myanmar’s military rulers, calling their weekend elections deeply flawed and a sign of “heartbreaking” repression in the country.

She said she hoped Myanmar’s election – the first in 20 years – could produce a few new leaders who might change the country’s direction. But she stressed the United States would continue to support an international inquiry into human rights abuses in the country also known as Burma.

Today’s elections “once again expose the abuses of the military junta,” she told an audience at the University of Melbourne. “It’s heartbreaking because the people of Burma deserve so much better.”

The vote is being held amid a barrage of criticism that the balloting is rigged in favor of the military.

Clinton said the U.S. and Australia would work together to improve conditions in Myanmar.

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