Burma vote ‘anything but free and fair,’ Obama says

25% of parliament seats kept for junta

A Burmese woman casts her ballot in Bago, Burma, on Sunday. President Obama, during his visit to India, said the election was rigged by the ruling junta and "anything but free and fair." (Associated Press)A Burmese woman casts her ballot in Bago, Burma, on Sunday. President Obama, during his visit to India, said the election was rigged by the ruling junta and “anything but free and fair.” (Associated Press)
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If the military responds by arresting her again, it would essentially shut down the engagement prong of the Obama administration’s dual-track Burma policy.

Meanwhile, pressure is building on the Obama administration to appoint a special representative and policy coordinator for Burma as required by the Tom Lantos Block Burmese JADE (Junta’s Anti-Democratic Efforts) Act, which was signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2008.

Ashish Sen in Washington contributed to this report.

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