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Vatican media hails Suu Kyi electoral win
Credits NLD leader's win as 'historic' but urges caution about the country's full transition
- Alessandro Speciale, Vatican
- Vatican City
- April 3, 2012
A news story headlined â€śThe seat of hopeâ€ť reported on the success of the National League for Democracy leader in the first internationally recognized vote to be held in Myanmar in more than 20 years.
â€śThe result of the vote should bring significant economic benefits to the whole country,â€ť wrote the Vatican newspaper, commenting on the possible lifting of United States and European Union sanctions against Myanmar.
â€śAccording to analysts, the effects of the return of Aung San Suu Kyi to Parliament and of the victory of her party will be numerous and far reaching,â€ť L'Osservatore Romano noted, adding as a caveat that this will happen only if â€śformer army members will allow it.â€ť
Vatican Radio hailed the vote as an â€śhistoric dayâ€ť and a â€śmomentous eventâ€ť for Myanmar.
PIME Father Massimo Cenci, undersecretary of the Vatican's Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, praised the country's â€śawakeningâ€ť and ascribed its merit to the NLD leader.
â€śSuu Kyi has stirred the people's longing not only for democracy, but for involvement in what happens in their country from the social and political point of view,â€ť he told ucanews.com.
Nevertheless, Cenci cautioned towards those who speak of a full-fledged â€śtransitionâ€ť towards democracy: â€śWe still need to wait and see. But what happened this weekend is exceptional for Myanmar's history.â€ť
He said the Vatican and the Catholic Church are following the situation closely.
â€śWe are very interested in the developments. There are still significant restrictions to Church activity there. But if the opening up of the country picks up steam, the Church will profit from it in terms of freedom.â€ť
Long way to go for Myanmar's reformers