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Aung San Suu Kyi's political group was the first Myanmar administration to be led by her country in half a century-long election. It has been a year since Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) took over from a military-backed Myanmar régime, a process that has been greeted with people's hope and expects.
De facto head Aung San Suu Kyi, the official state advisor, has maintained her appeal since she took over. It is still an enchanting symbol of the democratic process. "The" woman who offered her own freedom and her own free life in the fight for the democratic system in her homeland is still considered the saviour of the people.
However, things have been changing over the past year, as the NLD administration has hardly been successful so far. "Aung Tun Htet says, "The jar is not half empty, but half full. He is one of Suu Kyi's advisers. There are many who do not agree with this opinion. For example, they refer to the unsolved conflict with the Kachin rebel group in the north of the country.
Myanmar's army and the insurgents have been in a state of tension for many years. In 2010, the army, which itself took the democratisation initiatives, consolidated its clout in the country's state. "That', says Min Zin, whose think tanks analyse the relations between the army and civil rule.
Myanmar's minority communities, which make up 40 per cent of the Myanmar countryside and are becoming victim of armed conflict, are becoming more and more disappointed. The Rohingya in the state of Rakhine in the west is another major political issue for the state. According to the United Nations, at least 70,000 Muslim Rohingya have escaped from the area to neighbouring Bangladesh since October.
A Rohingya group of nine frontier policemen were killed in the recent outbreak of violent attacks. Afterwards, the army launched a safety mission against the fighters. However, troops were charged with raping, murdering and torturing Rohingya communities, which led the UN to make allegations of "ethnic cleansing" and "crimes against humanity".
Myanmar's administration has taken the lead and said it would only "ignite" the war. The UN army leader Min Aung Hlaing warned not to get involved in domestic affairs. In Myanmar, most consider the Rohingya irregular Bangladeshi migrants, and are paying little interest for their hardship.
The Nobel Peace Prize winner is under growing global pressures from her country because of the violation of her country's humanitarian laws, but the vast majority of Burma's population still place great confidence in her. NLD's promise of democratisation, constitutional statehood and sustainable growth is so general that it is hard to judge its track records, say analysts.
"It' only one year," says taxi cab operator Than Aung. However, whether others in Myanmar agree with this or not is shown by the results of the by-elections that will take place on April 1.