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US eases some Myanmar restrictions after elections see opposition gains
WASHINGTON (AP) ' The Obama administration is easing some travel and financial restrictions on Myanmar (mee-an-MAWR') following historic elections that saw opposition gains in parliament in the formerly military-run Southeast Asian nation.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced Wednesday that Washington would allow senior Myanmar officials to visit the U.S. and allow the export of financial services to reward the country for embracing democratic reform. She also said Washington would open an office of the Agency for International Development in Myanmar.
Clinton had previously said the U.S. would respond positively to progress in the country. Over the weekend, opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (ahng sahn soo chee), a former political prisoner, won a seat in parliament in elections that saw her party make big gains in the legislature.