Thu Nov 18, 3:07 pm ET
AFP/File – Activists hold masks supporting Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi during a rally on November 17. …
WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US House of Representatives on Thursday condemned Myanmar's recent elections and said no government there can be legitimate without the participation of Democracy icon AungSan Suu Kyi.
By voice vote, lawmakers approved a symbolic resolution that "denounces the one-sided, undemocratic, and illegitimate actions" of the country's ruling junta and accused them of consolidating their power with a "flawed election."
"No government in Burma can be considered democratic or legitimate without the participation of Aung San Suu Kyi, the National League forDemocracy, and ethnic nationalities," the measure states.
The resolution also demands "the full restoration of democracy, freedom of assembly, freedom of movement, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and internationally recognized human rights for all Burmese citizens."
The November 7 vote has been widely panned by international observers, and US President Barack Obama said the "bankrupt regime" in the country, generally referred to in Washington as Burma, had stolen the election.
The resolution also called on the junta to "begin an immediate transition" to democratic rule and the "immediate and unconditional release" of all those deemed political prisoners, and pressed the Obamaadministration "to not support or recognize the military regime's elections as legitimate."
And it pressed the administration to fully implement a 2008 US law aimed at stifling Myanmar's trade in precious stones, a key source of foreign currency.