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Yet questions remain about the government’s commitment to democratic reform in a country with a constitution that guarantees the military a quarter of the seats in the lower house of parliament and one-third in the upper house.

A lingering war between Myanmar’s army and ethnic Karen rebels in the northernmost Kachin state has also posed a challenge for the government.

Mrs. Suu Kyi has been criticized for not taking a firm position on the violence against stateless Muslims in the western Rakhine state who have been raped, arrested and killed by security forces following deadly clashes with majority Buddhists in June.

Mrs. Suu Kyi defended her position, saying she said she did not want to make political capital out of the situation by criticizing the government.

Her visit to the United States began a week before Myanmar’s President Thein Sein is due to address the U.N. General Assembly.