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President Bush signs H.R. 4286, Congressional Gold Medal: Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
U.S. President George W. Bush signs H.R. 4286, bestowing the Congressional Gold Medal in absentia to Nobel laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on May 6, 2008. (UPI Photo/Yuri Gripas)
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Aung San Suu Kyi AC (Burmese: အောင်ဆန်းစုကြည် or ; MLCTS: aung hcan: cu. krany; IPA: ), born 19 June 1945 in Rangoon, is the Prime Minister-elect of Burma, an opposition politician and leader of the National League for Democracy in Burma. Aung San Suu Kyi was the third child in her family. Her name is derived from three relatives; "Aung San" from her father, "Kyi" from her mother and "Suu" from her grandmother. Suu Kyi won the Rafto Prize and the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 1990 and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. In 1992 she was awarded the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding by the Government of India. She is still under detention in Myanmar, and has been for almost 14 out of the past 20 years. In the 1990 general election, Suu Kyi won right to be Prime Minister, as leader of the winning National League for Democracy party, which won 59% of the vote and 394 of 492 seats. Her subsequent detention by the military junta prevented her from assuming office.

She is frequently called Daw Aung San Suu Kyi; Daw is not part of her name, but an honorific similar to madam for older, revered women, literally meaning "aunt". Strictly speaking, her given name is equivalent to her full name, but it is acceptable to refer to her as "Ms. Suu Kyi" or Dr. Suu Kyi, since those syllables serve to distinguish her from her father, General Aung San, who is considered to be the father of modern-day Myanmar.

In Myanmar, Suu Kyi has been accused of being an "axehandle of neo-colonialists" and "a traitor who deserves to be deported." Others accuse her of being amenable to Washington's interests and to opening the country to foreign investors.

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