Aung San Suu Kyi's historic moment: 5 things to know

Once possibly the world's best-known political prisoner, today Aung San Suu Kyi made the historic move to lawmaker, after a swearing-in ceremony at Myanmar's parliament in the capital of Naypyidaw. Here are five things about her.

5. Criticisms and critics?

Her main critic has, of course, been the military junta in Myanmar.

While she was under house arrest on and off between 1989 and 2010, state-backed media claimed repeatedly that she was an agent for foreign powers, citing her marriage to a British man, her long years living overseas, her fluent English, as well as her popularity in Western media and political discourse. 

She has been accused by some academics of not giving sufficient detail about her policy goals – speaking in abstract or generic terms about rule of law and democracy, and of taking an allegedly stubborn stance on issues of principle, such as on tourists visiting the country and, last week, on the oath issue.

Myanmar's ethnic minority leaders mostly support Aung San Suu Kyi, but in the past some have said she is not sufficiently motivated by or appraised of the conditions in Myanmar's ethnic borderlands, where large minorities such as the Chin, Kachin, Karen, and Shan have fought on-off rebellions for decades and where Myanmar's army continues – despite reforms – to carry out war crimes, according to human rights experts.

Around 60 percent of Myanmar's population are ethnic Burman, as is Aung San Suu Kyi and most of the military elites, while the remainder is broken down into more than 100 ethnic groups. 

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