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Clinton congratulates Myanmar on landmark election

ISTANBUL – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is congratulation the people of Myanmar for participating in the election process – a first for many of them.

Clinton said the country’s leaders should move ahead with transparency and other changes. She said it’s too early to know what lies ahead despite progress in recent months.

Clinton spent most of Sunday dealing with the situation in Syria and the fate of its leader, so the landmark election in Myanmar is a reminder that even most oppressive governments can change and that even the closed societies can open.

Clinton said at a news conference in Turkey that she holds hope for the people of Myanmar, which is also known as Burma.