Myanmar reprimands Suu Kyi for calling country 'Burma'
Naypyidaw, June 29 (ANI): Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been warned to stop calling her country 'Burma'.
According to the Daily Express, authorities in Myanmar told Suu Kyi to refer to the Southeast Asian nation by its official name 'Republic of the Union of Myanmar'.
The country's former military rulers changed the name in English from Burma to Myanmar in 1989, as they said it better reflected the country's ethnic diversity.
However, opponents and exile groups have continued calling the country as Burma as a sign of protest and defiance.
Myanmar's election commission, which supervises laws dealing with political parties, issued the complaint in the state-run newspaper.
The statement cited Suu Kyi's repeated reference to the country as Burma during her landmark trips in recent weeks to Thailand and Europe, and said she and her National League for Democracy Party must 'respect the constitution' and use the proper name.Suu Kyi's party spokesman Nyan Win said that the election commission's complaint was a non-issue.
"Referring to the country as Burma does not amount to disrespecting the constitution," he said.
In the official state language, the country and its people are both pronounced as Myanmar. (ANI)
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